JONATHAN LETHEM THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE PDF

Write a review Shelves: books-about-books , essays , books-about-music This book sparked a few different emotions in me. Many of the essays in this book mix the borders between the personal and the real subject at hand. This is sort of like what DFW does so well but in a more introspective manner, DFW might have laid bare an image of his psyche, but he This book sparked a few different emotions in me. I understand if no one actually does navigate them.

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Write a review Shelves: books-about-books , essays , books-about-music This book sparked a few different emotions in me. Many of the essays in this book mix the borders between the personal and the real subject at hand.

This is sort of like what DFW does so well but in a more introspective manner, DFW might have laid bare an image of his psyche, but he This book sparked a few different emotions in me.

I understand if no one actually does navigate them. This is the panoply of voices that shaped my own first attempts at writing. Without anymore pre-review nonsense, here is the review and inevitably more tangential nonsense. I like another one. He falls down and the readers get to see it happen. Lethem is a giant nerd. This happens a lot. Will that reader try twice? Behind the gorgeous jackets, flawed books jostle beside the masterpieces and Hartley.

Aside from some of his book nerd tendencies, he and I I think move in different worlds of nerdom when it comes to music his being much more mainstream for my tastes , and I just have never been able to sustain enough interest in movies to move from a casual watcher of films to being someone who could get worked up over certain works. This book is a testament to the different things that Lethem loves.

And he loves to gush and his gushing is infectious. The Book Is good. Only one piece so far was a real snooze-fest, and it actually put the brakes on this book for me for over a week. The Review Not the review for this book, but The Review in general. For someone who reads as much as I do, and considers himself to be a booknerd and is pretty up on the current state of the book world, I almost never ever ever read professional book reviews.

They are boring to me. Actually, I think they are bullshit. They are boilerplate dribble, and worse than that they are filled with tired gimmicks that feel as fresh as the jokes a tiresome uncle repeats every Thanksgiving.

But, I like to think that I give a fair amount of thought to my reviews and their lack of? It bores me, and why would I do this if it was boring to me? I think of my own reviews more as a diary that I write for an audience that I believe has actually read every single one of the entries and is just able to follow the progression of ramblings and confessions I spit out. I like reviews that are honest, that give away more about the author of the review than the book. I like to read how the book affected someone.

Maybe not. I should return to the book at hand, yes? I could have done this book more justice by going in to more particulars, talking about essays I enjoyed, pointing out more subjects being discussed in the book.

I could have done that. Maybe I should have.

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Can Artistic Influence Be Accidental?: Exploring Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Ecstasy of Influence’

An unfortunate pattern evolved in every one of these arguments: my opponents all thought their positions were original thoughts or ideas. In the argument about homeless people, for example, my opponent voiced a rendition of the bootstrap myth with no sense of irony, blissfully unaware that his position reeked of Calvinism and social Darwinism. He starts with the evolution of Lolita, from a short story written by an obscure author to the monolithic novel by Nabokov that it became, then goes into the music of Bob Dylan, a musician known for sampling words, quotes, and lyrics from every conceivable source, before finally laying out a truth that too many artists are afraid or unwilling to speak out loud: all art is stolen. Going back to my arguments, the opponent relying on the idea that a homeless person is able to just go get a job is presenting a form of the bootstrap myth whether or not they know that position as the bootstrap myth. Accidental theft aside—for is willful ignorance ever really accidental?

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The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism by Jonathan Lethem

Many artists including me do not start from nowhere. We tend to be influenced by history, surroundings, each other, or etc. The connectivity of influences has resulted out series of movements in art world. For instance, artists have found impressionism, fauvism, cubism, and so on. In the field of computer science, influences could be seen as risks of hacking. In the field of literature, some writers might call similarities of ideas as plagiarism.

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