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A few interesting things, but not that much that I liked. I give it three stars because my admiration of Lethem and less than real feeling of connection to him won’t let me give it less.

The sincerity of revelation — a quality he shares with Geoff Dyer — is matched in his paean to Dick, including his own apprentice inluence stories. He’s a movie nerd. Read it Forward Read it first.

The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

I savored the pieces in this collection, my first exposure to Lethem’s non-fiction. I know that sounds ambitious and perhaps a bit pretentious, but without all of my influences, I am not sure if I exstasy have the ambition to attempt this.

I can’t remember what I’ve actually written and what I meant to write and never did. All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out jonafhan the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated.

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By that standard Lethem succeeds wildly in this group of essays. There are treasures here, especially the title essay, his profile of James Brown, and his interview with Bob Dylan.

One of reasons I came to ITP was to create something revolutionary.

A nicely put together collection. Some were written for Harper’s, or Rolling Stone. But there was a time— to be exact—when our paths crossed and we weren’t that dissimilar.

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The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

I skimmed this, mostly to find out more about Jonathan Lethem’s childhood and how similar it was to that of the boy in Fortress of Solitude. Its charm and wit and voice is essential.

His article on James Brown was very fascinating. 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.

Inflyence that alone, he deserves some credit. 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. 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.

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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: Stick to the subject! This conflating of three modes leads to outright contradiction. The story ended up not being as terrible as it seemed at first, and the book picked up again right after it and it’s been pretty smooth sailing ever since, although the sheer number of little essays is a little overwhelming and for some reason I never want to pick up the book when I’m in my apartment.

A fabulous collections of essays ranging from pop cultural observations to literary analysis to personal. Similarly, I have never read any Italo Calvino, so I skipped the essay on him until I have time to remedy that.

Nov 08, Pages Ecsgasy. But that’s the beauty of writing and the community of writers. For example there is one reviewer who I’ll admit that I found a few of his reviews amusing at first, but they now have the appeal of a long-running and tired sitcom re-hashing the same tired evstasy jokes and stale inffluence. December 8, at 3: Nov 18, Rebecca Treiman rated it it was ok. They are the clear jonatnan of discussing inspiration and plagiarism.

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

Posts by Ju Young Park 1. And in general, Wood uonathan off to Lethem in the review as a snob. Moreover, musicians and other artists may be able to reach a population of individuals that may have otherwise not have been exposed to certain works of art.

It’s sprawling, committed, and serious, but also funny and profound and ecstatically silly when it jonatnan to be. 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.

It is interesting to read all the different posts on this essay? There’s some nuance there, which you’ll have to read the essay itself — oh, guess what, here it is — to parse, but those are the general ideas. I did feel I do like these types of books which preport te be more jomathan just a collection of writings by an author in between his novels. Sign in to Customer Care using your account number or postal address. I realized this forcefully when one day I went looking for the John Donne passage quoted above.

Coming from a music background, I have often thought of this.