The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc.

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The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc. Essays
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A constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, this volume covers an array of topics from sex in cinema to graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyber-culture, 9/11, book-touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as a shelf’s worth of his literary models and contemporaries: Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood, and others. And, in writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself. These pages simmer with direct challenges to conventional wisdom and insights into the kaleidoscopic nature of artistic vision, the fraught status of the writer in the cultural marketplace, and the way the author’s own stumbling journey requires him to reconsider the nature of his process, time and again. 437p.

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