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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The experience of reading The Ecstasy of Influence was pretty much the Platonic ideal of reading an essay collection. A few interesting things, but not that much that I liked.

It’s also a chronicle of himself as he tries to figure himself out in various pieces of writing. Without anymore pre-review nonsense, here is the review and inevitably more tangential nonsense. He gets right at the heart of this in a passage on Eliot’s Waste Land and how deeply it relies on allusion and quotation; in the passage, he examines a line borrowed from Spenser and writes, “Two responses are possible: Dick who is rightly attaining momentum these days to be considered classical.

The Book Is good. Stick to the subject! Similarly, I have never read any Italo Calvino, so I skipped the essay on him until I have time to remedy that. Nov 29, Claudia rated it liked it Shelves: For instance, artists have found impressionism, fauvism, cubism, and so on.

What are they worth now, to the culture at large?

The Ecstasy of Influence

But that’s the beauty of writing and the community of writers. However, I did find things interesting here. Though the pieces included in this collection vary in quality from “eh, pretty good” to “damn that was good”the effect ecstasg a whole is overwhelming. Show 25 25 50 All.

I couldn’t even make ecwtasy through the preface of this audiobook. And one of the things about nerds is that they have no problem waving their nerd flag around, showing the world exactly what they love even if it’s not something very cool to be interested in, never mind to love with devotion.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

And for the first time I felt that he writes too much about himself. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Anyway, a couple of good things in here, pop culture riff, the used bookshop, the bit on plaigarism. 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 yous to influences, but my own influences always have a fuck you ready to explode as an almost moral imperative.

Return to Book Page. And, to keep our performances coherent, burning every available available scrap of the previous edition. They’re exactly what we probably want from writing on literature and film, but so rarely get. With passing time, inspirations could form trends of culture and another art movement.

The level of making thing are much higher than the past and every body can achieve a certain level. Aside from these, another solid one-third of the essays are His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science leghem and detective fiction, was published in Yet none of all this stuff ought to have been left out of the book, because it would be a different experience had this stuff been left out.

Also by Jonathan Lethem. But who can judge whether it is a plagiarism on purpose or not?

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

Posts by Ju Young Park 1. I don’t like someone reiterating a plot to me. I think of my influences, and those who influenced them and so on. Everybody is inspired or influenced by somebody or something else. None of the music essays are anything more than okay, and the odds and ends on Brooklyn aren’t very interesting. Sep 08, Glen Engel-Cox rated it liked it Shelves: Inspired by Your Browsing History. Aside from some of his book nerd tendencies, he and 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’d often go to the Illini Union Bookstore, grab a couple of his novels and blaze through them literally. In addition to the usual sources or original publication–Salon, the New Yorker, various literary magazines–some of the pieces here were written for artists’ catalogs, CD liner notes, and blogs.

By the end I felt that I was too much in his brain! I’m a swamp of bad grammar and awful syntax. Leading us to the conclusion that Lethem is a minor writer with heaps of brio but not much memorable in the final analysisters.

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. Even if ijfluence idea is inspired by the other, the idea itself is still worth of novel creativity. Readings — From the October issue.

Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. But also, I feel influencs anyone who criticizes the turn in the final portion of tFoS just doesn’t understand the book.

Many artists including me do not start from nowhere.

Steve Jobs once joked about Apple multi-touch patent licencing because he knew this was nothing new. 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.