Nathaniel Rich's Influences

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's Influences

Nathaniel Rich: When I was growing up from the ages of 9 to 14 I only read Stephen King books outside of school. I remember when I was in third grade- or fourth grade I- we all had to write down what our- the books we read over the summer. And I remember the expression on Ms. Sobol’s face, my teacher, when I read The Dead Zone and The Tommyknockers. She was really horrified and upset, and that- that’s when I think I knew I was doing the right- right thing. So Stephen King was always actually a big influence growing up. I went through a phase late- later in my adolescence when I was reading a lot of British writers of- Martin Amos generation, early Ian MacEwan, Julian Barnes, especially those three I’d suppose; read a lot of Dickens and I really love Dickens. Then in college I studied literature and I- I studied 20th Century European Literature. So that- those are the things I’ve- I’ve read the most, and ever since I started working at The Paris Review I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary American and fiction to try to catch up a little bit.

 

Recorded On: 3/17/08


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