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The Ecstasy of Influence Summary
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.
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"Starred Review. In a tsunami of literary and cinematic references, familiar and obscure, Lethem easily rises to the surface as a brilliant, incisive essayist who loves to sing the body eclectic." - Publishers Weekly
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Jonathan Lethem Author Biography
Jonathan Lethem is the
author of nine novels, a novella, a number of short story collections and many essays. His novel Motherless Brooklyn, was named Novel of the
Year by Esquire and won The National Book Critics Circle Award and the
Salon Book Award. He is also the author of the story collection, The Wall of
the Eye and the novella This Shape We're In. He edited The Vintage
Book of Amnesia, guest-edited The Year's Best Music Writing 2002, and
was the founding fiction editor of Fence Magazine. His writings have
appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, McSweeney's, and
many other periodicals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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