Jonathan Lethem on The Ecstasy of Influence

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Jonathan Lethem talks about the relationship between the novel and contemporary culture. In The Ecstasy of Influence, a collection of new and previously published essays, he looks at the role of the writer as public intellectual, tackling topics from sex in cinema to drugs, graffiti, Bob Dylan, cyberculture, 9/11, book touring, and Marlon Brando, as well as his literary models.


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Jonathan, I am a fan of yours. However me and my friends are boycotting work showcased on Lopate until he addresses his bias.

Yes, you are on another all-male Lopate show.

It's striking. Half the global population is female.

But you can't tell listening to Lopate.

With a small number of token exceptions, Leonard's program covers the books, opinions, ideas, voices and contributions of MEN.

Women with no recipes or grammer corrections to offer have little hope of getting on LOPATE radio.

And it appears Leonard is proud of his woman marginalizing broadcast record. It speaks for itself.

Nov. 08 2011 01:57 PM

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