The Ecstasy of Influence (I’m borrowing this title)


I came across this fascinating article from earlier in the year by novelist Jonathan Lethem, which skips playfully from Nabokov to Siegel to Dylan to Muddy Waters and beyond. It’s an engaging and thoroughly entertaining read about the notion of influence and outright larceny in art, so dig in.

As part of this theory, Lethem has launched the Promiscuous Materials project, a scheme in which he is essentially making his own intellectual property available for adaptation. Check it out.


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