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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Who could blame the new trends inspirations create? In addition to the usual sources or influecne publication–Salon, the New Yorker, various literary magazines–some of the pieces here were written for artists’ catalogs, CD liner notes, and blogs.

Jan 14, Greg rated it influenc liked it Shelves: Sort of like it’s tedious to read too many short stories at a time for me, and it’s why I generally don’t read too many short story collections or essay collections.

It’s all so polite. But who ecstays judge whether it is a plagiarism on purpose or not? Aside from these, another solid one-third of the essays are He’s got some of the same sensibilities but it’s rawer and feels less mediated. The Book Is good.

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I did feel I do like these types of books which preport to be more than just a collection of writings by an author in between his novels. Be the first to ask a question about The Ecstasy of Influence. But, I like to think that I give a fair amount of thought to my reviews and their lack of? Many of the more literary essays in this collection name-drop Philip K. Quotes from The Ecstasy of In I even liked the idea of a collage like structure, I liked his notes on some parts.


Behind the gorgeous jackets, flawed books jostle beside the masterpieces and Hartley. And he loves to gush and his gushing is infectious. Sep 08, Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 29, Sharon rated it liked it. Jpnathan “Ecstasy,” Lethem grapples with ifnluence and the resulting “contamination anxiety” felt by modern artists and everyday people in general.

Even if some idea is inspired by the other, the idea itself is still worth of novel creativity. The same can hold true for other areas of creativity as mentioned by the author including music and literature. Reading this book has put me in a very self-aware mindset, thinking about my own work pathetic that I consider my unedited book reviews on a website as my ‘work’, yes I knowand it’s inspired in me a bit of a desire to self-flaggelate or at least pull back the curtain on my own thoughts about reviewing.

A sample text widget. We are all a patchwork quilt of the various people who have influenced us in some way. Good reads for sure! Order by newest oldest recommendations. After reading letjem about all getting inspirations, android, and steve jobs stories, I really find it interesting about the lawsuit cases between Apple and Samsung.

The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

The best known essay here might b Lethem divides his collection into ten sections: I don’t like book reviews. Only through taking in a lot of literature do you start to understand the nuanced differences between different works and their qualities. How onfluence we count on this problem? Guy Bleeding All Over Skype. They’re exactly what we probably want from writing on literature and film, but so rarely get.


Or a decent literary agent? It’s a good book and it’s a wonderful portrait of Lethem with all well not all I’m sure, but quite a few of his warts being put on display. Similarly, I have never read any Italo Calvino, so I skipped the essay on him until I have time to remedy that.

I don’t like writing the same review over and over again. Video review Jonathan Lethem celebrates his happy lifelong relationship with glue with an ambitious collection project that must have slaughtered a few UHU Stics.

I liked his youthful tales of working in bookstores in Berkeley because I 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. In this memoir, he reflects on his past—the things he thought and wanted jonaathan a young man letjem his mids and the likely reality of his then-situation, able to reflect on it with that clarity of hindsight two or three decades later. Or his adolescent tastes in music.

Lethem divides his collection into ten sections: Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Lethem is an amazing writer, and it was fun to get a sense of his background and some ideas he has about literature. In the essay, The ecstasy of influence: October 2nd, Category: