Thursday, October 13, 2011
There aren't many authors that can hook me on the first page, much less the preface, much less by writing the truth. It seems to be that I only read nonfiction books if I need information or examples for something I'm writing. This is the exception.
"The Ecstasy of Influence" is one of those books that may be a turning point in life for the reader. I don't know if this is so yet; get back to me in a month.
But Jon Lethem seems to understand that readers first want to be entertained, then told the truth, then told something that they didn't realize was the truth. Lethem does all this in the first two pages of his Preface.
My advice: Get this book as fast as you can; it'll be a bestseller before long.
Find it on Goodreads.