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The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem
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Dec 23, 2011

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Read from December 23, 2011 to January 04, 2012

I was truly not too fond of this book. I give it three stars because my admiration of Lethem and (less than real) feeling of connection to him won't let me give it less. It's a hodge podge of essays, most from magazines. Did he have to put them all in this book? It's overlong and uncentered. It's great for him, as a novelist, that he can get paid to write nonfiction too, but it's not all great for me to read. And for the first time I felt that he writes too much about himself. Can't he stick to autobiographical fiction? It's too much.
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