Jonathan Lethem on “The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc.”
March 10, 2013
Original: February 12, 2012
Jonathan Lethem talks about his role as a novelist, which he explores in his new book, “The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, etc.”
“to enter the realm of consciousness and language is to move into an extremely ticklish area where everything does redouble upon itself and get more complex, because the mind itself, even the solitary mind, is immensely intricate and contradictory and paradoxical place to be.
And then when you realize that every person that you’re dealing with is subject to the same immense complications of negotiating a conscious life, well, what can our job possibly be as novelists except to describe this complexity as fully as we can and not to somehow make short shrift of it, or flinch from our extraordinary complexity of language and mind.”