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Old 03.03.2020, 11:09 AM   #5861
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ok i have to work a bit but lemme throw some names and you sort them

richard wright
carson mccullers
arthur miller
james baldwin
grace paley
flannery o’connor



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oh more slice of life grace paley

flannery is great though more “metaphysical”

80s tama janowitz slaves of new york i recall was hilarious if you want to have a good time

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Old 03.03.2020, 11:28 AM   #5862
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ok i have to work a bit but lemme throw some names and you sort them

Cool thanks!


richard wright - read Native Son
carson mccullers - Southern Gothic
arthur miller - I'd feel like I was back at school
james baldwin - Read Go Tell it to the Mountain.
grace paley - Never heard of her but reading her wiki doesn't seem quite what I'm ofter.
flannery o’connor - Read Wiseblood

OK, my description really wasn't very helpful. Lemme try again. Imagine if say Hannah and Her Sisters was a novel. People talking about stuff in restaurants. Artist types. Writers. Failed marriages. A definite sense of location but if it was NYC it'd be more Upper than Lower East Side, or the suburbs.
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Old 03.03.2020, 11:31 AM   #5863
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80s tama janowitz slaves of new york i recall was hilarious if you want to have a good time

I've read Slaves of New York but that pretty much nails it.

Also read Brett Easton Ellis and the Bright Light Big City guy. Also Tom Wolfe.

Maybe give Don Delillo another go.
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Old 03.03.2020, 01:35 PM   #5864
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I've read Slaves of New York but that pretty much nails it.

Also read Brett Easton Ellis and the Bright Light Big City guy. Also Tom Wolfe.

Maybe give Don Delillo another go.

from the above sounds to me you want maybe a 70s flavor?

if so-- erica jong's "fear of flying" is a riot.

i'd also suggest cynthia ozick but she's more about jewish life than "new york". also, ruth puttermesser is not in anyway "cool" ha ha ha. more of a geek really. i did laugh.

oh! arthur nersesian's "the fuckup" is more of a picaresque and also not upper east side but the east village. i liked it. check it out.

oh! patti smith's book maybe? just kids? i never read it but it's about her times with mapplethorpe.

and grace paley is maybe a different milieu but she was a good writer....

ok! if all else fails, erica jong is fantastic.

i should also check out joan didion. which i haven't yet...
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Old 03.03.2020, 02:26 PM   #5865
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if so-- erica jong's "fear of flying" is a riot.

That's it! Perfect! I actually read it about 30 years ago but it's due another go.

Thanks!
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i officially cancelled the boring french novel and got joan didion’s “slouching towards bethlehem” instead. starts with a *great* preface!
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jeezus fucking christ, this woman is a poet! a poet and a journalist. her descriptions are FUCKING SUBLIME.

ok. i go back to it...
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Old 03.30.2020, 08:58 AM   #5870
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