Re: What inspired you to write Lush Life?
Price has written eight novels. His first was The Wanderers (1974), a coming-of-age story set in the Bronx in 1962, written when Price was 24 years old. It was adapted into a movie in 1979 by director Philip Kaufman. Price's other novels include Bloodbrothers (1976), Clockers (1992), Freedomland (1998), Samaritan (2003), and Lush Life (2008).
He has written numerous screenplays, of which the best known are The Color of Money (1986) for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Sea of Love (1989), Mad Dog and Glory (1992), Ransom (1996), Shaft (2000). He also wrote for the HBO series The Wire. He is often featured in cameo roles in the films he writes.
Price has written for The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and other publications. He lives in New York City with his family and has taught writing at Columbia, Yale, and New York University (NYU).
In 1999, Price received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
A shot’s fired, you’ve got headlines for five days and on day six, everybody goes back to their respective worlds. The novel centers around a fictional incident like that. That happened actually after I started writing this because there had been something previous a few years before that, that I was thinking about. Things like this are pretty rare. It’s pretty safe down there, I think in terms of the precincts. I think it’s one of the safer precincts. One of the reviewers said that the cops down there have become almost park rangers. But the problem is it’s New York City and anything can and will happen at any time. It’s like a safe tiger. There’s no such thing. \r\n\r\n
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