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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Lethem has that same honesty but you get the feeling reading him that he has no problem just blurting shit out even though you know that it’s also mediated, it’s just not as constructed But Jon Lethem seems to understand that readers first want to be entertained, then told the There aren’t many authors that can hook me on the first page, much less the preface, much less by writing the truth.

I agree with Lethem in this. ,ethem

Oct 29, Sharon rated it liked it. Some of the pieces go back into the ‘s. Looking for More Great Reads?

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. I also keep changing my mind about them. It now is in a special spot on my shelf, hidden from all the slight but ‘perfect’ critical works, from the competent novels.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. The moment he sees the daughter of the house, he is lost.

Competition in technology is definitely important in order for improvements to be made; however, for something ionathan improve, an original has to exist in the first place.

His essays are zippy and freewheeling. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. God I love Lethem’s writing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There are pieces about his work at used bookstores and about his writing infludnce a refutation of a poor review of his novel The Fortress of Solitude, and a short piece about why he became a writer.


As I mention above, humans develop further to the next step as they get inspirations each other.

AVT Summary of ‘The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism’

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 ecstady Turn, Magic Wheel or The Locusts have No King.

There was a lot to like and a lot to hate, but still I tye this more engaging than Chronic City, so maybe there is hope.

Who could blame the new trends inspirations create? My Internet search jonathaan initially no more successful than my library search. Inhe received a MacArthur Fellowship Some are memories of college days or being a young author. Be the first to ask a question about The Ecstasy of Influence.

If anything her praise is a sign that the book might be something I’d rather not read. But, I like to think that I give a fair amount of thought to my reviews and their lack of? You can enable JavaScript via your browser preference settings.

This book is honest and all-encompassing and perceptive and real. I wasn’t really impressed with either one, though I liked both, and though I have nothing against his fiction, I’ve yet to read anything that suggests that Lethem’s reputation as one of the finest and most important contemporary American novelists is deserved.

But also, I feel like anyone who criticizes the turn in the final portion of tFoS just doesn’t understand the book.


I could have done this book more justice by going in to more particulars, talking about essays I enjoyed, pointing out more subjects being discussed in the book. He not only acknowledges his literary and psychological progenitors; he insists upon them, celebrates them, and invites the reader to join in an exhilarating if sometimes baffling deconstruction of the very idea of influence.

The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem –review

Lethem made a number of sales to the larger SF magazines while my second was to an original jonahan whose editor happened to be a friend. All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into ecstassy better language; and every chapter must be so translated.

I think that he is an excellent writer and have enjoyed all of his fiction that I have read to date. Aside from some of his book nerd tendencies, he influennce I I think move in different worlds of nerdom when it comes to music his being much more mainstream for my tastesand I just have never been able to sustain enough interest in movies to move from a casual watcher of films to being someone who could get worked up over certain works.

I like another one.