The Ecstasy of Influence

Nonfictions, Etc.

by Jonathan Lethem

The Ecstasy of Influence

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In The Ecstasy of Influence, Jonathan Lethem has compiled a career-spanning collection of occasional pieces — essays, memoir, liner notes, fiction, and criticism — which also doubles as a novelist's manifesto, self-portrait, and confession.

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