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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These are all issues any artist should always keep in mind. Wrapping up If you’ve actually waded through og this muck, thank you! Lethem’s writing is, as always, razor sharp and highly intelligent. What I’m finding is that I’m way more into the themes of Lethem’s non-fiction, and how he articulates them, way more than in his fiction.

Sep 08, Kristina Aziz rated it it was amazing. Lichberg later became a prominent journalist in the Nazi era, and his youthful works faded from view. And, writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself. From two varied backgrounds we met and connected for a brief discussion that still lingers in my memory, although I doubt Lethem recalls it. I wouldn’t have it any other way. In addition to the usual sources or original publication–Salon, the New Yorker, various literary thee of the pieces here were written for artists’ catalogs, CD liner notes, and blogs.

It’s overlong and uncentered. Sep 05, Billy rated it it was amazing. Language, as a vehicle, is a lemon, a hot rod painted with thrilling flames but crazily erratic to drive, riddled with bugs like innate self-consciousness, embedded metaphors and symbols, helpless intertextuality, and so forth. Jun 12, Larraine rated it did not like it.


The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem « Fall – Applications Readings

I’m actually plagiarizing m Jonathan Lethem is a fantastically engrossing writer! Lethem ingeniously imagines this straw-man postmodernism as Lee Marvin’s character amoral, brutalisingwho everyone thinks is shot by Jimmy Stewart in the guise of anyone from Carver to Franzenwith the critic as John Wayne’s secret assassin.

Oct 31, Brynn rated it liked it. Slim Harpo and Donald Trump. No trivia or quizzes yet. And if there is an intentional appropriation, it is needed to judge whether its result is an expansive reproduction or just be a mere iteration.

By the end I felt that I was too much in his brain! Nunc ut tristique massa. My Internet search was initially no more successful than my library search.

I like to read how the book affected someone. Some of the finer examples are “Crazy Friend” on Philip K. I could have done that. influenxe

Taken from this angle, what exactly is postmodernism, except modernism without the anxiety? I should return to the book at hand, yes?

They are boilerplate dribble, and worse than that they are filled with tired rhe that feel as fresh as the jokes a tiresome uncle repeats every Thanksgiving. October 13, at 6: Show 25 25 50 All. And delivered with a wink. I want to begin by saying that there was never a time in my life when it didn’t seem like Philip K. In the essay, The ecstasy of influence: Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium.

It’s not that the book is perfect, and it’s certainly not that I wasn’t bored by it on several occasions; it’s that the book is everything it ought to be. I wasn’t really impressed with either lethej, though I liked both, and though I have nothing against his fiction, I’ve yet to read anything pethem suggests that Lethem’s reputation as one of the finest and ltehem important contemporary American novelists is deserved.


Nov 08, Pages Buy. Jul 16, John Addiego rated it really liked it Shelves: And he loves to gush and his gushing is infectious. Literature has been in a plundered, fragmentary state for a long time.

Get this book as fast as you can; it’ll be a bestseller before long. The same might be said of all art.

Many artists including me do influencee start from nowhere. Also in Vintage Contemporaries. Want to change your email address or password? He’s got some of the same sensibilities but it’s rawer and feels less mediated. Of course this is true.

For someone who reads as much as I do, and considers himself to be a booknerd and is pretty up on the current state of the book world, I almost never ever ever read professional book reviews.

The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem –review

Without anymore pre-review nonsense, here is the review and inevitably more tangential nonsense. Lethem’s boundless self-obsession and whiningly persistent neediness make this collection impossible to get through, despite the presence of an occasionally decent essay.

Lethem has such a gift, and The Ecstasy of Influence is ojnathan of it.

Might finally be time to take Fortress of Solitude off the shelf He falls down and the readers get to see it happen. Oct 02, Pages.