‘The Ecstasy of Influence’ by Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Lethem’s “Ecstasy’’ is a kind of literary throwback to a time when favorite writers didn’t hesitate to offer thought piÃ±atas to loyal readers. If you believed that Kurt Vonnegut Jr. or Hunter S. Thompson were key voices you were fine with a once-a-decade volume of other stuff. “Ecstasy’’ is broken into 10 sections, each with an introductory essay. The writing ranges from memoir to short fiction to review.