Nathaniel Rich on Contemporary Fiction

Nathaniel Rich lives in New York City, where he is an editor at The Paris Review. He is the author of San Francisco Noir and The Mayor's Tongue is his first novel.

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Topic: Nathaniel Rich on Contemporary Fiction

Nathaniel Rich: Well, I- I think a lot of new young writers I’ve been really excited about, some of whom we’ve published in The Paris Review. Benjamin Percy is a great writer from Oregon who published a first- he’s published a couple books now- published a collection called Refresh, Refresh, which is moving kind of- in the kind of tradition of- of masculine American fiction but also very funny and- and tender and interesting. Jesse Ball is another writer who I think is- who’s- who’s roughly my age, who’s incredibly profound and- and funny, and wei- really weird style that- that- that to me is- is I think the most appealing writing done- being done now by a young writer that I know of. And who else did I mention? I don’t know. I have to think about it some more. I read a lot of really bad short stories. A lot of my day is taken up by reading a lot of really average short stories or- or r- or really bad short stories, and when I find something that’s really good, I- I get really excited. Danielle Evans is another young writer who-- I’m excited about a short story collection she has coming out soon. Dinaw Mengestu had her first novel this year called The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, I believe. That was excellent. And these are all writers who are 30 or under, thereabouts, and I think are- are doing really exciting things and- and things that I really admire.

 

Recorded On: 3/17/08


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