Hard Crowd ' Essays 2000 to 2020
Hard Crowd ' Essays 2000 to 2020

Rachel Kushner has established herself as "the most vital and interesting American novelist working today" (Michael Lindgren, The Millions) and as a master of the essay form. In The Hard Crowd, she gathers a selection of her writing from over the course of the last twenty years that addresses the most pressing political, artistic, and cultural issues of our times—and illuminates the themes and real-life terrain that underpin her fiction.

In nineteen razor-sharp essays, The Hard Crowd spans literary journalism, memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about art and literature, including pieces on Jeff Koons, Denis Johnson, and Marguerite Duras. Kushner takes us on a journey through a Palestinian refugee camp, an illegal motorcycle race down the Baja Peninsula, 1970s wildcat strikes in Fiat factories, her love of classic cars, and her young life in the music scene of her hometown, San Francisco. The closing, eponymous essay is her manifesto on nostalgia, doom, and writing.

These pieces, new and old, are electric, phosphorescently vivid, and wry, and they provide an opportunity to witness the evolution and range of one of our most dazzling and fearless writers. "Kushner writes with startling detail, imagination, and gallows humor," said Leah Greenblatt in Entertainment Weekly, and, from Paula McLain in the Wall Street Journal: “The authority and precision of Kushner's writing is impressive, but it's the gorgeous ferocity that will stick with me.”

Title Hard Crowd ' Essays 2000 to 2020
Edition First Edition
Publisher Scribner
Title First Published 06 April 2021
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 272 p.
Product Detail 1 Cloth
ISBN-10 1982157690
ISBN-13 9781982157692
Product Content Text (eye-readable)
Main content page count 272
Total numbered pages 272
Dimensions 5.7 x 9.5 in.
Weight 32 oz.

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