The Ecstasy Of Influence

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01Going Under In Wendover20120709

Jonathan Lethem recalls an unnerving journey hitch-hiking in the USA.

In the opening essay from his book The Ecstasy Of Influence, the American writer Jonathan Lethem recalls an unnerving journey hitch-hiking in the USA.

Jonathan Lethem is one of the most idiosyncratic voices in US literature. Before he became a published writer the New Yorker spent 15 years working in secondhand bookshops. His first published works were science fiction stories; before moving on to novels. His interests are eclectic: ranging from Bob Dylan to Marvel comics; Philip K. Dick to cyber culture.

The Ecstasy Of Influence is a collection of previously published pieces and new essays and is a provocative array of the writer's talent.

"One of the most emotionally engaging and intellectually nimble of contemporary novelists"

The Guardian

Reader: Kerry Shale

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

02Dancing About Architecture Or Fifth Beatle20120711

US writer Jonathan Lethem on writing and dancing.

In the second essay from his book The Ecstasy Of Influence, the American writer Jonathan Lethem on dancing, writing and rock stars.

Jonathan Lethem is one of the most idiosyncratic voices in US literature. Before he became a published writer the New Yorker spent 15 years working in secondhand bookshops. His first published works were science fiction stories; before moving on to novels. His interests are eclectic: ranging from Bob Dylan to Marvel comics; Philip K. Dick to cyber culture.

The Ecstasy Of Influence is a collection of previously published pieces and new essays and is a provocative array of the writer's talent.

"One of the most emotionally engaging and intellectually nimble of contemporary novelists"

The Guardian

Reader: Kerry Shale

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

03Zelig Of Notoriety20120712

In his third essay, American writer Jonathan Lethem ruminates on famous school friends.

In the third essay from his book The Ecstasy Of Influence, the American writer Jonathan Lethem ruminates on famous schoolfriends.

Jonathan Lethem is one of the most idiosyncratic voices in US literature. Before he became a published writer the New Yorker spent 15 years working in secondhand bookshops. His first published works were science fiction stories; before moving on to novels. His interests are eclectic: ranging from Bob Dylan to Marvel comics; Philip K. Dick to cyber culture.

The Ecstasy Of Influence is a collection of previously published pieces and new essays and is a provocative array of the writer's talent.

"One of the most emotionally engaging and intellectually nimble of contemporary novelists"

The Guardian

Reader: Kerry Shale

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

04 LASTMicropsia And What Remains Of My Plan20120713

Jonathan Lethem on the ghosts who sit at the writer's table.

In this essay from his book The Ecstasy Of Influence, the American writer Jonathan Lethem on the ghosts who sit at the writer's table.

Jonathan Lethem is one of the most idiosyncratic voices in US literature. Before he became a published writer the New Yorker spent 15 years working in secondhand bookshops. His first published works were science fiction stories; before moving on to novels. His interests are eclectic: ranging from Bob Dylan to Marvel comics; Philip K. Dick to cyber culture.

The Ecstasy Of Influence is a collection of previously published pieces and new essays and is a provocative array of the writer's talent.

"One of the most emotionally engaging and intellectually nimble of contemporary novelists"

The Guardian

Reader: Kerry Shale

Abridger: Pete Nichols

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.