POSTMODERNISM AS LIBERTY VALANCE: NOTES ON AN EXECUTION
THE RITUAL KILLING OF POSTMODERN LITERATURE IS A THREE-MAN GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (ALLEGORICALLY SPEAKING)
Finding a lot of resonances and curiosities in this collection that I’d like to recommend – a fruitful pattering of words to engage – I especially have liked the introduction (can’t find pdf of online) and then I thought the midsection of the essay linked above (click anywhere on the opening titles to read) was strong and productive.
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Never read any of his fiction, but he likes Bolano which is enough of a recommendation. Any you would suggest from the novels he’s written?
i don’t make it through much of them – but did find Motherless Brooklyn compelling
I also like Bolano much. Lethem likes the whole family of writers I love and his nonfiction and essays are quite stimulating. This book (“Ecstasies of Influence”) has been provoking, interesting, and very well-written all the way through and on very many levels – artistic, compositionally, memoir, cultural and so on. I may look into some more recent fiction of his as well – some wonderful allegorical-type work included in “Ecstasies.”
Seeing this post brought me right back to a coffee shop in a town I was vacationing in last winter while I read it. A very pleasant, engaging book that seems to have survived in my mind for a year now at least.
i agree – pleasant and engaging is a great way to put it – i find some tangly ideas handled with delightfully compressed complexity and then breezy memoir-like passages that resonate.