The Hard Crow: Essays 2000-2020 by Rachel Kushner
A collection of essays revealing the Booker shortlisted author of The Mars Room as a new millennial heir apparent to Joan Didion.
Kushner writes about culture as an active participant, like the best of the New Journalists of the 60’s and early 70’s. The subjects here are wide-ranging: motorcycle racing, art, a Palestinian refugee camp, literary criticism, Italian underground cinema and working as a waitress in San Francisco. All are infused with a sense of living hard with eyes very wide open, that never turn away. In an age of first person writing that is mostly vulnerable and earnest, these essays serve as an absolute tonic and wild joy to read.
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Victoria Sees It by Carrie Jenkins
A literary tour de force about an academic woman's disintegration and incipient madness.
A note on marketing: I found the author blurb on the cover, from someone whose work I greatly admire, to be off-putting at best: "A brilliant thriller." Also, on the back jacket, the statement that this is "A queer psychological thriller." I get it - the publisher is afraid of the curse of a book being positioned as Literary Fiction and only selling 2,000 copies but these acts of desperation betray a lack of confidence in readers and the book itself, which is brilliant. A thrilling read does not a thriller make, and I find marketing schemes nothing but an off-putting disservice.
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