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 makes the best argument possible for why a good critic needs to be first of all a voracious reader: I don’t give a fuck what Michiko Kakutani thinks about a book. They are boring to me. But the guy’s total narcissism just creeps you out after a while. October 14, at 1: Most of this I’ve probably said in other reviews, but maybe not.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. by Jonathan Lethem

Sep 24, Mattia Ravasi rated it really liked it. This is not, thankfully, one of those ragbag anthologies of non-fiction that fiction writers throw together when nonathan cuttings drawer becomes full.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Maybe I should have. T his is a book that turns the reader into Mortimer Snerd, the ventriloquist’s puppet who supposedly first uttered the immortal phrase “Who’d have thunk it?

They show a wide range of influences including renaissance and romanticism. I like another one. Anyway, a couple of good th Lethem states in the beginning that often readers get irritated by the self awareness of modern writing.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

I don’t like boring book reviews, and I nifluence don’t like being told by a reviewer if they would recommend the book or not. Will that reader try twice? Looking for More Great Reads?


Patsy Cline and Billy Lee Riley. Thinking before making something, making people to think and letting people to talk these outlooks are where I stand now.

The interview with Dylan is almost as good. The author I really really like one of Jonathan Lethem’s books.

His enthusiasm is catching. Lethem has put himself out in the world, in book form. Rather, like Zadie Smith’s Changing My Mind or Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legendsit is a curated selection of essays which thematically add up to more than the sum of its parts.

Can’t he stick to autobiographical fiction? I suppose I’d say too academic, inaccessible, written more with a motivation to impress than to express something with clarity. Minor reference to my alma mater. When he wrote about his process, the hairs on my neck stood up, so palpable was the excitement.

In “Postmodernism as Liberty Valance”, Lethem sketches out three areas that have been labelled as “postmodern” despite the clear differences between them. I think of my own reviews more as a diary that I write for an audience that I believe has actually read every single one of the entries and is just able to follow the progression of ramblings and confessions I spit out.

Jonathan Lethem is a fantastically engrossing writer! I also don’t like too many gimmicks and I hate hate hate boilerplate formulaic reviews I especially hate hate hate hate hate boilerplate formulaic gimmicky reviews.

Sign in to Customer Care using your account number or postal address. While not all of his interests coincide with mine—for instance, I’ve grown weary of people extolling the virtues of New York and I’ve never cared for Bob Dylan—there’s enough correspondence in off-mentions that I constantly have a feeling of frisson for example, the mentions of Anthony Powell ‘s Dance to the Music of Time novel sequence and W.


But also, I feel like anyone who criticizes the turn in the final portion of tFoS just doesn’t understand the book. Lethem is an amazing writer, and it was fun to get a sense of his background and some ideas he has about literature. Please do stay”, “yes, I am the person who made that weird thought go into your head. The pleasure for readers is twofold: In that respect there are a number of pieces which, if they aren’t manifestoes, are at the least manifestish or even manifetish, an invoking of totemic authors.

In the popular imagination, ill-fed by weak criticism, postmodernism comes to mean both “exalting disreputable genres like the crime story” in Lethem’s words while simultaneously meaning a nouveau roman-style move away from plot itself. Article — From the February issue. I wrote my master’s thesis on The Fortress of Solitude and plan to dedicate a sizable portion of a dissertation chapter to it as well.

Burroughs was then as radical a literary man as the world had to offer.