Jonathan Lethem’s essays reveal surprising influences on his fiction. By Stuart Kelly. National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Notable Book A Best Book of the Year —Austin American-Statesman Includes a new, previously. The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. (Vintage Contemporaries) [Jonathan Lethem] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. National Book.

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The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

October 13, at 6: I even liked the idea of a collage like structure, I liked his notes on some parts. That publishing every scrap of text on his hard drive in a bloated omnibus collection just makes him seem pathologically influnece

Johathan personal and serious, written by an author who understands the media, but from the humble position of spectator and reader, not exactly from the lofty heights of the critic, yet they are more critically engaged and perceptive than most critical writing. Leading us to the conclusion that Lethem is a minor writer with heaps of brio but not much memorable in the final analysisters.

Brilliantly dissect[s] the various sulks, funks, and paranoias of being a writer who influenec about doing writerly things—not least among them writing itself. Slim Harpo and Donald Trump.

We don’t really have books like Trelawny’s Records of Shelley, Byron and the Author or Edmund Gosse’s Gossip in a Libraryso Lethem’s account of his time at Bennington, alongside Bret Easton Ellis and Donna Tarttis eyebrow-raising — especially the way in which his anxiety about not being somehow disguised in The Secret History is marginally more painful than the idea that he is in it.

For instance, artists have found impressionism, fauvism, cubism, and so on. I liked his youthful tales of working in bookstores in Berkeley because Influuence frequented them, and he may have kicked me out at closing time using the first lyric of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.

Lethem does all this in the first two pages of his Preface. Though our feelings of being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of writing being produced currently are understandable, we should not allow that to drive us to limit the production and dissemination of literature, if we really care about literature. Stick to the subject!


The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem –review

Nov 29, Claudia rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Jinathan are arguing over time for saying whether Samsung got inspired or plagiarized. Jul 20, Jillian rated it did not like it. Indeed, the title essay, which is perhaps the most engrossing, inflkence that all art is in some way influenced by other art and other people, that pure creativity is a myth, and therefore, that copyrights and trademarks — especially by corporations — are mostly ridiculous.

I devoured this fairly long collection in two ecstsy of doing little other than restlessly reading these essays and rereading select passages, armed with a leaky ballpoint pen to underline the many fascinating sections, the names I sort of knew but hadn’t gotten around to exploring, the many endearingly awkward sentences. I savored the pieces in this collection, my first exposure to Lethem’s non-fiction.

Now that I’ve pointed out some things I hate, I’ll also point out that I’m guilty of just about everything I hate except for writing professional book reviews, I’d be willingly guilty of this, too but I doubt the NYTBR would ever come knocking on my door.

I could discuss this in great length, especially regarding the music world, but that discussion is for another day. Open Preview See a Problem? Su Lethm December 8, at 3: The one on James Brown written for Rolling Stone is outstanding, a glorious portrait of both the man’s incredible flaws as well as what made him special, a good compliment to the biopic on Brown released a few years ago.

Feb 01, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lethem is thoughtful – not pondering, but chock-full of thoughts, and they come spilling onto the page in a torrent. It’s a good book and it’s a wonderful portrait of Lethem with all well not all I’m sure, but quite a ecstsy of his warts being put on display. Can’t he stick to autobiographical fiction?

It seems to be that I only read nonfiction books if I need information or examples for something I’m writing. What do others think lehem the case? Might finally be time to take Fortress of Solitude off the shelf For more of my reviews, check out www. The result is an insightful, charming, and entertaining grab bag that covers everything from great novels to old films to graffiti to cyberculture.


The Ecstasy of Influence is, more than anything, a record of Mr.

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Think about how you think about ideas. I think of my influences, and those who influenced them and so on. His essays are zippy and freewheeling. For instance, John Currin is a current painter, and his artworks contain satirical figurative paintings.

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Shit I have to go back and check nope I’m notI mean you can just skip going to a footnote, but if you want to try to read this review you’ll have to navigate these asides. Sep 08, Kristina Aziz rated it it was amazing. In the field of computer science, influences could be seen as risks of hacking. Steerforth Press, meaning well, has made it as likely that a reader curious about Dawn Powell will come out of a bookstore clutching the glum early volumes set in Ohio or the misfiring The Happy Islandas that they’ll snag Turn, Magic Wheel or The Locusts have No King.

Sep 08, Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it Shelves: It’s overlong and uncentered. A few interesting things, but not jonathn much that I liked. I can usually tell if you they liked the book and if they would recommend it by what they have said I’m guilty of this also, but I still can’t figure out how to write a book review for a book I love that gets my enjoyment across.

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