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The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. - Jonathan Lethem Is Lethem working in the wrong genre? In this collection of non-fiction pieces culled from new York newspapers and magazines, Lethem among other things claims if he wasn't a writer he'd be a hipster book clerk. I disagree. Clearly the sheer depth and breadth of his reading and analytical insight point towards academia, and this collection ends up being perhaps a brilliant semester's worth of classes. Quite the trip 4/5 but we're left with the conundrum: if Lethem had only one more book in him, would you plead for a novel or a history of the novel?

Contains extensive references and leads for further reading. A public intellectual's touchstone