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The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem
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Mar 24, 2012

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A mostly delightful, readerly collection of essays and incidental pieces that, sadly, loses some of its momentum in the last sixty or seventy pages. (Lethem might have considered dropping some of the less weighty pieces to sustain some thematic momentum...) At its best, it's an energetic survey of writing, reading, and cultural appreciation that spans a far field of materials and reveals, for me, how it's seeming more and more exceptional for a noted novelist to be a great critical reader. I'll blame the publicity machine of the book industry and MFA programs in creative writing, just to be chic.

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