Although this was for the most part an interesting read, I felt like it was very repetitive and that I found myself drifting off every once in a while because I didn't feel like it was saying anything new besides providing similar examples to its main point. I could be missing something and this could be very dumbed down, but the main idea I got out of the piece was that everything carries inspiration from something before it and as long as it's through your lens and your artistic vision it's okay because that's what everything out there is.
"Just as Walt Disney could take inspiration from Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr., the Brothers Grimm, or the existence of real mice, the photographer should be free to capture an image without compensating the source. The world that meets our eye through the lens of a camera was judged to be, with minor exceptions, a sort of public commons, where a cat may look at a king." (Lethem, 3)
This is short, powerful and to the point and that's why this is my favorite passage from the piece. It goes into detail about our culture and how these reincarnations of older works are used to express an artist's different view or put a spin of the new time's new culture on it.