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The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

Lethem, Johnathan

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ISBN 10: 0385534957 / ISBN 13: 9780385534956
Published by Doubleday, 2011
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Book is signed by the author. Book has some wear and light bumping to edges, otherwise binding is strong, pages are clean and crisp throughout. Dustjacket has a small open tear to bottom front cover, folding to center of spine, wear to edges, otherwise bright and presentable. It is now protected in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 908589

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Title: The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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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.

A constellation of previously published pieces and new essays as provocative and idiosyncratic as any he’s written, this volume sheds light on an array of topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as on a shelf’s worth of his literary models and contemporaries: Norman Mailer, Paula Fox, Bret Easton Ellis, James Wood, and oth­ers. And, writing about Brooklyn, his father, and his sojourn through two decades of writing, Lethem sheds an equally strong light on himself.

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JONATHAN LETHEM is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including Chronic City, The Fortress of Solitude, and Motherless Brooklyn.

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