Richard Price on New York Literature
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.
Question: What books about New York do you recommend?
Richard Price: You mean besides Lush Life? That’s a good question. I don’t know who’s writing about New York right now that’s taken on the zeitgeist right now. Usually it takes a couple of years for that. It’s like coming out of a war. The literature about that war doesn’t become great until a number of years passed. Now we’re getting tree to smoke about Vietnam. I don’t even know who’s writing what about New York.
Recorded On: 3/3/08
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