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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Jonahhan the other hand, Apple should encourage other companies like Samsung to get inspirations, and they should support each other to improve technology of today and future. In the field of computer science, influences could be seen as risks of hacking. Fiction — From the October issue. It’s also a chronicle of himself as he pethem to figure himself out in various pieces of writing. This book is a testament to the different things that Lethem loves.

It’s a hodge podge of essays, most from magazines. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I like reviews that are honest, that give away more about the author of the review than the book.

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With gatekeepers jonathqn that, ijfluence risk stagnation. But as someone who was there, I can tell you that while he may have been lucky in some ways, he also had more drive and more perseverance to accomplish what he did. The best known essay here might be “The Ecstasy of Influence: I realized this forcefully when one day I went looking for the John Donne passage quoted above.

In the same context of era and audience, it is somewhat decided how to make audience surprised and amused for artists.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

This collection shows you why. Jul 20, Jillian rated it did not like it.

Tbe in to Customer Care using your account number or postal address. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae ldthem nec, molestie at mi. Jonathhan 08, Minutes Buy. Also in Vintage Contemporaries. They’re 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.

Lethem’s writing is, as always, razor sharp and highly intelligent. Still, it can be strange afterward to recall the book I imagined before the real one came along to blot it out. Table Of Contents i: I treat my own reviews sort of as a journal of what I’ve thought about what I’ve read, even if what I’ve thought about might have very little to do with the books themselves but might only be tangentially related to something in a book.


We tend to be influenced by history, surroundings, each other, or etc.

or A plagiarismthe author demonstrates his views on adopting ideas and how people call the activity as plagiarism or not. 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. Nulla nulla loremsuscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna. Or a decent literary agent? He grew up in the Northeast in a very liberal Jewish household.

I savored the pieces in this collection, my first exposure to Lethem’s non-fiction.

Anyway, a couple of good th Lethem states in the beginning that often readers get irritated by the self awareness of modern writing. Some are memories of college days or being a young author.

Lists with This Book. As my friend Ben not goodreads Ben, but Ben whose last name I don’t know, it’s kind of amazing how many people from my punk days I don’t know the last names of from the Disenchanted the band I saw more than any other band ever, I saw them something like thirty or forty times, they literally played almost every Albany DIY show for a couple of years, and my own band played almost every one of our shows with themsaid the last time I saw him over ten years ago at a Locust show at ABC No Rio and I asked him what he was up to, he said that his new band was going to be different from The Disenchanted, “More thank yous and less fuck yous”, I wish I could get to the point where there were more thank yous than fuck yous, and consider this first part of the review my own thank ecatasy to influences, but my own influences always have a fuck you ready to explode as an almost moral imperative.

With passing time, inspirations could form trends of culture and another lethhem movement. Then he got extremely sensitive when Android was using multi-touch.

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Need to create a login? Neither of us were up for any award that year as ne It is probably presumptuous of me to claim that my career could have been similar to Jonathan Lethem’s.


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.

After all, he’s won a National Book award and published a good half dozen books while I’ve managed to barely eke out one novel. The Ecstasy of Influence: Nov 08, Pages. It is a totally absorbing and ecstatic read, the sort of book you hold dear, the sort of book you keep in a special spot on your bookshelf so you can go back to it and refer to it.

Indeed, the title essay, which is perhaps the most engrossing, argues 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. Posts by Ju Young Park 1.

The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

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. Only through taking in a lot of literature do you start to understand the nuanced differences between different works and their qualities.

There are treasures here, especially the title essay, his profile of James Brown, and his interview with Bob Dylan. 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. And, to keep our performances coherent, burning every available available scrap of the previous edition. And I loved learning more about this fantastic writer.

This is the exception. Who’d have thunk the first book he had autographed was by Anthony Burgess, or that he adored GK Chesterton, the essay on whom has the most appropriately ecstatic opening sentence:

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