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The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. Paperback – 2 Oct 2012

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  • Paperback: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307744507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307744500
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,938,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

A "New York Times" Notable Book of 2011
"Hefty and remarkable .....These byways, all of which make room for eccentric flights as well as proper essays, augment the charm and impact of what Lethem prefers to call an 'autobiographical collage, ' a phrase he lifts from Vonnegut. This influence seems only natural, for dominating all is Lethem's prime concern always: the novel....generous....exciting....openhearted, unconventional."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Did I say I love this book? Well, OK then, I love this book....bring[s] a novelist's sensibility to these essays, to find a through line, to approximate a narrative. It offers a way, in other words, to rethink the collection as a book in its own right -- and not just that, but a book about a big idea."
--"The Los Angeles Times
"
"He's a novelist who has spent a lifetime creating his own subversive pantheon, a jumpy CBGB's of the literary soul....Several of the essays here marinate in the fish sauce th

National Book Critics Circle Award finalists
A "New York Times" Notable Book of 2011

"Hefty and remarkable .....These byways, all of which make room for eccentric flights as well as proper essays, augment the charm and impact of what Lethem prefers to call an 'autobiographical collage, ' a phrase he lifts from Vonnegut. This influence seems only natural, for dominating all is Lethem's prime concern always: the novel....generous....exciting....openhearted, unconventional."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Did I say I love this book? Well, OK then, I love this book....bring[s] a novelist's sensibility to these essays, to find a through line, to approximate a narrative. It offers a way, in other words, to rethink the collection as a book in its own right -- and not just that, but a book about a big idea."
--"The Los Angeles Times
"
"He's a novelist who has spent a lifetime creating his own subversive pantheon, a jumpy CBGB's of the literary soul....Several of the essays here marinate in the fish sauce that is literary gossip.....feisty, freewheeling....funny"--"The New York Times"
"Emotionally engaging and intellectually nimble....curated selection of essays which thematically add up to more than the sum of its parts....Progressive....Eyebrow-raising...Impassioned....Disarming"--"The Guardian
"The Ecstasy of Influence" is, more than anything, a record of Mr. Lethem's life as a public novelist, a role for which he is obviously well suited.....Mr. Lethem has such a gift, and "The Ecstasy of Influence" is evidence of it."--"The New York Observer"
"The writer I most wish was my best friend....impressively omnivorous new collection of mostly non-fiction....reveal a lively, even manic mind at play across a wide and wonderful series of subjects that are threaded together, mostly, as a kind of autobiography of a would-be writer becoming a struggling writer and then a successful writer while all the while remaining a v

"I love this book. . . . Less of a collection than a collage, a cut-and-paste self-portrait in which we see Lethem as he sees himself. . . . A book about a big idea." --David L. Ulin, " Los Angeles Times
"
"Begins with this idea of writer-as-magpie and takes it on a communitarian-artistic romp. . . . It's a grand performance. . . . And delivered with a wink." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Like almost everything Lethem has written, "The Ecstasy of Influence" is a reflection of, and a pixilated homage to, those whose work he fetishizes. If this book has a thesis, it's this: For an artist, influence is everything." --"The New York Times"
"[An] exuberant whiz-bang of an essay collection." --"The Daily Beast"
" "
"Hefty and remarkable. . . . Dominating all is Lethem's prime concern always: the novel. . . . More exciting than any of his interesting-to-terrific fiction." --Robert Christgau, "The New York Times Book Review"
"[Lethem is] as sharp a critic as he is a novelist. This collection shows you why." --"Austin American-Statesman"
"Lethem takes a boldly different tack on the matter of mentors, gurus, fathers, shapers and sources. . . . 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." --"The Dallas Morning News"
"Lethem's inspired miscellany is ardent and charming. . . . His essays are zippy and freewheeling."--"Chicago Tribune"
" "
"Sharp and funny." --"The Plain Dealer"
" "
"Frank and boisterous. . . . "The Ecstasy of Influence" is, more than anything, a record of Mr. Lethem's life as a public novelist, a role for which he is obviously well suited. . . . Mr. Lethem has such a gift, and "The Ecstasy of Influence" is evidence of it." --"The New York Observer"
"This impassioned, voluble book is illuminating about much more than its author."--"The Independent "(London)
""The Ecstasy of Influence" is in part an attempt to discuss the things artists and writers rarely talk about--how much of their work is borrowed from other artists and how much they care about their critical reputations, among other things." --"Salon"
" "
"Smart and rollicking. . . . Brilliantly dissect[s] the various sulks, funks, and paranoias of being a writer who moans about doing writerly things--not least among them writing itself." --"The Millions"
"A wide and wonderful series of subjects that are threaded together, mostly, as a kind of autobiography of a would-be writer becoming a struggling writer and then a successful writer while all the while remaining a voracious reader." --"National Post" (Canada)
"The author invites us into the ecstasy of intertextuality, to the intertwining of thousands of words with ourselves."--"PopMatters "
"The arguments implicit in his novels are not merely explicit here, but deliriously so, ecstatically so, as if the author is shaking you by the shoulders to show you what he loves, why he loves it and why you should love it, too." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

I love this book. . . . Less of a collection than a collage, a cut-and-paste self-portrait in which we see Lethem as he sees himself. . . . A book about a big idea. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

Begins with this idea of writer-as-magpie and takes it on a communitarian-artistic romp. . . . It s a grand performance. . . . And delivered with a wink. San Francisco Chronicle
Like almost everything Lethem has written, The Ecstasy of Influence is a reflection of, and a pixilated homage to, those whose work he fetishizes. If this book has a thesis, it s this: For an artist, influence is everything. The New York Times
[An] exuberant whiz-bang of an essay collection. The Daily Beast

Hefty and remarkable. . . . Dominating all is Lethem s prime concern always: the novel. . . . More exciting than any of his interesting-to-terrific fiction. Robert Christgau, The New York Times Book Review
[Lethem is] as sharp a critic as he is a novelist. This collection shows you why. Austin American-Statesman
Lethem takes a boldly different tack on the matter of mentors, gurus, fathers, shapers and sources. . . . 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. The Dallas Morning News
Lethem s inspired miscellany is ardent and charming. . . . His essays are zippy and freewheeling. Chicago Tribune

Sharp and funny. The Plain Dealer

Frank and boisterous. . . . The Ecstasy of Influence is, more than anything, a record of Mr. Lethem s life as a public novelist, a role for which he is obviously well suited. . . . Mr. Lethem has such a gift, and The Ecstasy of Influence is evidence of it. The New York Observer
This impassioned, voluble book is illuminating about much more than its author. The Independent (London)
The Ecstasy of Influence is in part an attempt to discuss the things artists and writers rarely talk about how much of their work is borrowed from other artists and how much they care about their critical reputations, among other things. Salon

Smart and rollicking. . . . Brilliantly dissect[s] the various sulks, funks, and paranoias of being a writer who moans about doing writerly things not least among them writing itself. The Millions
A wide and wonderful series of subjects that are threaded together, mostly, as a kind of autobiography of a would-be writer becoming a struggling writer and then a successful writer while all the while remaining a voracious reader. National Post (Canada)
The author invites us into the ecstasy of intertextuality, to the intertwining of thousands of words with ourselves. PopMatters
"The arguments implicit in his novels are not merely explicit here, but deliriously so, ecstatically so, as if the author is shaking you by the shoulders to show you what he loves, why he loves it and why you should love it, too. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

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A career-spanning collection of writings - essays, memoir, liner notes, fiction and commentary - from one of the greats of contemporary American literature. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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