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The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem.. In here, Lethem gets all Who Shot Liberty Valance? post-modern (points for a John Gardner mention). Mostly this is just a smart primer on popular culture riffery –– but good bad fun.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"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

"Peppery nonfiction .... provocative tour de force .... thoughtful and rambunctious .... dynamically juxtaposed and connected .... to create a jazzy, patchwork memoir .... hilarious .... fresh, erudite, zestful, funny frolic in the great fields of creativity."


Author bio: JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of seven novels. A recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Lethem has also published his stories and essays in The New Yorker, Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the New York Times, among others. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (437 pp. Smartflation: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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