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What’s a novelist supposed to do with contemporary culture? And what’s contemporary culture sup­posed to do with novelists? In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem, tangling with what he calls the “white elephant” role of the writer as public intellectual, arrives at an astonishing range of answers.

A constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, this volume sheds light on an array of topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as on a shelf’s worth of his literary models and contemporaries: Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood, and oth­ers. And, writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself.

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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 uncollected piece: "My Internet"

 

In The Ecstasy of Influence, the incomparable Jonathan Lethem has compiled a career-spanning collection of occasional pieces—essays, memoir, liner notes, fiction, and criticism—which also doubles as a novelist’s manifesto, self-portrait, and confession. The result is an insightful, charming, and entertaining grab bag that covers everything from great novels to old films to graffiti to cyberculture.

About the Author

JONATHAN LETHEM is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn.

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Table of Contents

i: My Plan to Begin With

My Plan to Begin With, Part One

The Used Bookshop Stories

The Books They Read

Going Under in Wendover

Zelig of Notoriety

Clerk

 

ii: Dick, Calvino, Ballard: SF and Postmodernism

My Plan to Begin With, Part Two

Holidays

Crazy Friend (Philip K. Dick)

What I Learned at the Science-Fiction Convention

The Best of Calvino: Against Completism

Postmodernism as Liberty Valance

The Claim of Time (J. G. Ballard)

Give Up

 

iii: Plagiarisms

The Ecstasy of Influence

The Afterlife of “Ecstasy”/Somatics of Influence

Always Crashing in the Same Car

Against “Pop” Culture

Furniture

 

iv: Film and Comics

Supermen!: An Introduction

Top-Five Depressed Superheroes

The Epiphany

Izations

Everything Is Broken (Art of Darkness)

Godfather IV

Great Death Scene (McCabe & Mrs. Miller)

Kovacs’s Gift

Marlon Brando Breaks

Missed Opportunities

Donald Sutherland’s Buttocks

The Drew Barrymore Stories

 

v: Wall Art

The Collector (Fred Tomaselli)

An Almost Perfect Day (Letter to Bonn)

The Billboard Men (Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel)

Todd James

Writing and the Neighbor Arts

Live Nude Models

On a Photograph of My Father

Hazel

 

vi: 9/11 and Book Tour

Nine Failures of the Imagination

Further Reports in a Dead Language

To My Italian Friends

My Egyptian Cousin

Cell Phones

Proximity People

Repeating Myself

Bowels of Compassion

Stops

Advertisements for Norman Mailer

White Elephant and Termite Postures in the Life of the Twenty-first-Century Novelist

 

vii: Dylan, Brown, and Others

The Genius of James Brown

People Who Died

The Fly in the Ointment

Dancing About Architecture

Dylan Interview

Open Letter to Stacy (The Go-Betweens)

Otis Redding’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Rick James

an orchestra of light that was electric

 

viii: Working the Room

Bolaño’s 2666

Homely Doom Vibe (Paula Fox)

Ambivalent Usurpations (Thomas Berger)

Rushmore Versus Abundance

Outcastle (Shirley Jackson)

Thursday (G. K. Chesterton)

My Disappointment Critic/On Bad Faith

The American Vicarious (Nathanael West)

 

ix: The Mad Brooklynite

Ruckus Flatbush

Crunch Rolls

Children with Hangovers

L. J. Davis

Agee’s Brooklyn

Breakfast at Brelreck’s

The Mad Brooklynite

 

x: What Remains of My Plan

Micropsia

Zeppelin Parable

What Remains of My Plan

Memorial

Things to Remember

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307744500
Author:
Lethem, Jonathan
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Lethem, Jonathan
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 0.98 in 0.75 lb

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A New York Times Notable Book

A Best Book of the Year —Austin American-Statesman

Includes a new, previously uncollected piece: "My Internet"

 

In The Ecstasy of Influence, the incomparable Jonathan Lethem has compiled a career-spanning collection of occasional pieces—essays, memoir, liner notes, fiction, and criticism—which also doubles as a novelist’s manifesto, self-portrait, and confession. The result is an insightful, charming, and entertaining grab bag that covers everything from great novels to old films to graffiti to cyberculture.

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