The ecstasy of influence : nonfictions, etc. / Jonathan Lethem
- Lethem, Jonathan
- New York : Doubleday, 
- Copyright Date:
- 1st ed.
- Physical Description:
- xxiv, 437 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- My plan to begin with. My plan to begin with, part one ; The used bookshop stories ; The books they read ; Going under in Wendover ; Zelig of notoriety ; Clerk -- Dick, Calvino, Ballard : SF and Postmodernism. My plan to begin with, part two ; Holidays ; Crazy friend (Philip K. Dick) ; What I learned at the science-fiction convention ; The best of Calvino : against completism ; Postmodernism as Liberty Valance ; The claim of time (J. G. Ballard) ; Give up -- Plagiarisms. The ecstasy of influence ; The afterlife of "ecstasy"/somatics of influence ; Always crashing in the same car ; Against "pop" culture ; Furniture -- Film and comics. Supermen! : an introduction ; Top-five depressed superheroes ; The epiphany ; Izations ; Everything is broken (art of darkness) ; Godfather IV ; Great death scene (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) ; Kovacs's gift ; Marlon Brando breaks ; Missed opportunities ; Donald Sutherland's buttocks ; The Drew Barrymore stories -- Wall art. The collector (Fred Tomaselli) ; An almost perfect day (letter to Bonn) ; The billboard men (Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel) ; Todd James ; Writing and the neighbor arts ; Live nude models ; On a photograph of my father ; Hazel -- 9/11 and book tour. Nine failures of the imagination ; Further reports in a dead language ; To my Italian friends ; My Egyptian cousin ; Cell phones ; Proximity people ; Repeating myself ; Bowels of compassion ; Stops ; Advertisements for Norman Mailer ; White elephant and termite postures in the life of the twenty-first-century novelist -- Dylan, Brown, and others. The genius of James Brown ; People who died ; The fly in the ointment ; Dancing about architecture ; Dylan interview ; Open letter to Stacy (the go-betweens) ; Otis Redding's lonely hearts club band ; Rick James ; an orchestra of light that was electric -- Working the room. Bolaño's 2666 ; Homely doom vibe (Paula Fox) ; Ambivalent usurpations (Thomas Berger) ; Rushmore versus abundance ; Outcastle (Shirley Jackson) ; Thursday ( G. K. Chesterton) ; My disappointment critic/on bad faith ; The American vicarious (Nathanael West) -- The mad Brooklynite. Ruckus Flatbush ; Crunch rolls ; Children with hangovers ; L. J. Davis ; Agee's Brooklyn ; Breakfast at Brelreck's ; The mad Brooklynite -- What remains of my plan. Micropsia ; Zeppelin parable ; What remains of my plan ; Memorial ; Things to remember.
- A career-spanning anthology of writings incorporates several new essays and includes numerous celebrity portraits as well as the author's musings on topics ranging from sex in cinema and drugs to cyberculture and graffiti.
- 9780385534956 (trade)
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