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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Richard Price image from The Paris Review Photo Credit Lorraine Adams Set in Manhattan s Lower East Side, Lush Life shows a place that is rich in all sorts of humanity The crime is a meaningless street homicide, but Price uses the event as a McGuffin for painting a portrait of a piece of New York, a vision of a neighborhood in transition, complete with city projects and gentrifying real estate, cops, robbers and residents, the way things are, politically There is a lot going on here Price Richard Price image from The Paris Review Photo Credit Lorraine Adams Set in Manhattan s Lower East Side, Lush Life shows a place that is rich in all sorts of humanity The crime is a meaningless street homicide, but Price uses the event as a McGuffin for painting a portrait of a piece of New York, a vision of a neighborhood in transition, complete with city projects and gentrifying real estate, cops, robbers and residents, the way things are, politically There is a lot going on here Price is a veteran of The Wire and if this work seems like the sort of ensemble work he did in showing the seamier underside of Balti it should come as no surprise The strength here is language Price is a master of dialogue and dialect He speaks with many diverse voices, all convincing I loved this book for its craft and its feel for place and sound of people What held me back from loving the bookwas that I never really felt very attached to any of the characters I did not much care what happened to them But maybe I am just a callous Noo Yawkah Lush Life is a lush read, in the Edenic and not in the alcoholic sense.Interviews The Paris Review Richard Price, The Art of Fiction No 144 by James Linville Bookslut Richard Price and the Lush Life by Clayton Moore Charlie Rose Richard Price


  2. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    1 Police prodecurals are not thrillers or mysteries or detective stories, they re grind em out painful detail by painful detail hour by hour no heroes no feel good gloomfests Looking at the one and two star reviews on Bookface for Lush Life, it seems perhaps people are reading Lush Life for the wrong reasons Ain t going to be any epiphanies here, no triumph, no resolution, if the bad guys are ever caught, which is dubious, it ll probably be through some banal circumstance, some by the book le 1 Police prodecurals are not thrillers or mysteries or detective stories, they re grind em out painful detail by painful detail hour by hour no heroes no feel good gloomfests Looking at the one and two star reviews on Bookface for Lush Life, it seems perhaps people are reading Lush Life for the wrong reasons Ain t going to be any epiphanies here, no triumph, no resolution, if the bad guys are ever caught, which is dubious, it ll probably be through some banal circumstance, some by the book legwork There ll be no Holmsian brilliance but there will be middle aged guys with sizeable guts, ex wives they can t stand, kids they never see and of course drink problems.2 Police procedurals appear to have taken over the world of crime writing, although I don t read that much crime fiction, so I may be talking out of my left ventricle But I m thinking of The Wire, The Corner, Homicide the TV show so good it hurt to watch it , Homicide the book might be the best true crime book ever , and even back to the venerable Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue And The Sopranos was kind of a Crime Procedural You could fill up your bathtub with gritty police procedural dirty realism fiction, never have to leave the hood if you don t want to 3 Richard Price is extremely good at this stuff, this is a big fat book at 455 pages but the type was so tiny it was really a 600 pager, and takes place over around eight or nine days So this one is slooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Which is the opposite of what some people want crime fiction to be, so they will not be happy with Richard Price, they may wish to run him over with a motor mower as I did Don DeLillo when I attempted the malformed pile of hideous sentences published under the title Underworld.4 In this book detail is everything, detail is king, there are so many details of cop life, hood life, Lower East Side life, and each and every one could earn Mr Price some withering sarcasm and disrespect if he got it wrong, so you have to say Mr Price is very sure of himself, very Maybe he s banking on the probability that his readers will not be the people he writes about that s a fair assumption, I read this one in leafy ultrawhite Suffolk, England, so I can t really challenge Mr Price on the way scores of coke are made on Delancey Street or if old Chinese guys have finally learned to trust banks and not carry their entire life savings around on their person or how detectives have to plan sneaky campaigns against their bosses to get resources to investigate their bad cases Etc.5 Anyway, first I thought this book was a balloon that took 50 pages to get pumped up and 400 pages to gradually deflate, but after a lot of minutes spent reading Mr Price s compressed, unskimmable prose and wrestling with what every other noun actually means, and marvelling how very very few similes or metaphors he uses, in contradistinction to so many other literary writers I might mention, taking in the fact that this book dragged me in and kept me in against my will almost, being almost entirely in the company of people I would run a mile from in real life, some of the time, reading on and on and feeling like there was no oxygen in the room, all of that, still, with every caveat, with every weaselly if and but and you have to take into consideration, still, this is a fine book, and those who like this kind of stuff will find it s the kind of stuff they like


  3. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Bartender Eric Cash sees a coworker murdered and proves to be a poor witness But was he really just a witness or did he shoot Ike Marcus And if he didn t, who did During my second meeting with Kemper, he mentioned Richard Price being pretty good I promptly forgot the name until a year later while I was watching The Wire, another Kemper recommendation I found this down at the used bookstore and picked it up.It pains me to say it, since I hold Kemper and The Wire in high regard, but I wasn t h Bartender Eric Cash sees a coworker murdered and proves to be a poor witness But was he really just a witness or did he shoot Ike Marcus And if he didn t, who did During my second meeting with Kemper, he mentioned Richard Price being pretty good I promptly forgot the name until a year later while I was watching The Wire, another Kemper recommendation I found this down at the used bookstore and picked it up.It pains me to say it, since I hold Kemper and The Wire in high regard, but I wasn t head over heels for this book Before Omar corners me on the street with a shotgun, I will elaborate.There were a lot things I did like about Lush Life I liked how Price muddied the waters The interrogation scenes were pretty powerful Eric being scared was understandable I also really liked that Matty s kicks were at least as messed up as the project kids that factored into the story Price s writing is clever and there was some unexpected humor in it.The thing I didn t enjoy was how long and drawn out everything felt The book was about a hundred pages too long for what it was It felt like Price couldn t decide if he wanted to do crime mystery or literary fiction and it didn t quite work for me as either kind of book.Still, it wasn t a bad book I liked itthan I disliked it I ll give it the traditional safety rating of 3


  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    Man, I am so over New York City Seriously I want to pack it all up and move to Berlin too bad I don t know any German.Seriously, this place sucks.That s about all I got out of this book a heightened sense of dissatisfaction and frustration with my environment As mentioned below, I never cared at all about any of the characters, and there didn t seem to be much of a point to the plot or anything that anyone did the whole time I guess I mildly enjoyed it, in a bored kind of way It was fu Man, I am so over New York City Seriously I want to pack it all up and move to Berlin too bad I don t know any German.Seriously, this place sucks.That s about all I got out of this book a heightened sense of dissatisfaction and frustration with my environment As mentioned below, I never cared at all about any of the characters, and there didn t seem to be much of a point to the plot or anything that anyone did the whole time I guess I mildly enjoyed it, in a bored kind of way It was funny how in the last quarter of the novel the guys in the book suddenly out of nowhere started having all kinds of sex with all kinds of ladies I m glad I ve reached that magical age at which I get to read watch stories about men who are way older than me hooking up with sexy, attractive love interests who are way younger than me That makes me feel awesome I m officially an adult woman now Walk me out behind the barn and shoot me, please Thanks I m totally serious about moving to Berlin You think they need English only speaking social workers If so, I m there


  5. Greg Greg says:

    There is a scene in the middle of Lush Life where the New York Post runs a story about one of the characters, a mid thirties LES wanna be someone but never will be anyone or an aging failed hipster the story is page three, pretty prominent placement usually reserved for stories like Jacko has gone Wacko Within hours of this story hitting the New York Post every slimy greasy hipster of the Rivington St area has seen this story and turns this guy into a social pariah Wanna be actors and fi There is a scene in the middle of Lush Life where the New York Post runs a story about one of the characters, a mid thirties LES wanna be someone but never will be anyone or an aging failed hipster the story is page three, pretty prominent placement usually reserved for stories like Jacko has gone Wacko Within hours of this story hitting the New York Post every slimy greasy hipster of the Rivington St area has seen this story and turns this guy into a social pariah Wanna be actors and filmmakers and writers and artists, they all read this story and shun the man I read this scene in the book and I thought I was going to get an aneurysm from the exploding yells of BULLSHIT going on in my head Hipsters would never read the New York Post, they wouldn t know first thing in the morning what is exclusively on page three of that rag If you don t know what the New York Post is like or no idea of the newspapers in NYC, just trust me, no one that would be hip and living downtown or in Williamsburg or wherever else is going to be reading The Post first thing in the morning, never mind a whole neighborhood of annoyingly creative individuals This might have been bullshit but it was needed for the plot to move forward so I grudgingly accept it in the story and if this same scene had taken place in Balti I probably would have accepted it, why Because I m not familiar with those papers except that HL Mencken once lorded over the country s conscience while writing for one of them When this came out everyone seemed to be wetting themselves over this book Maybe it was just a New York thing, but it was like this was the greatest thing ever, or so it felt like in the bookstore at the time Maybe it was because everyone was having The Wire fever and this was a novel by one of The Wire people, but set in the Lower East Side and featured hipsters rubbing up against project kids Maybe us New Yorkers felt like it was our own little bit of the game going on, one where us whitey s could safely stand on the sidelines and watch from that awful retro 70 s living room looking bar The Johnson s or at Moby s vegan eatery in between getting some ironic tattoos and maybe slumming it at a hardcore show at ABC No Rio Maybe we could feel like we might be from some bumfuck conservative Mid West town but, yo, we could be hangin with Omar, dawg Sorry, I m quiet annoying with this review.Whatever.What I m trying to say was, everyone was creaming themselves over this book, and it was good, it was a littleinvolved than the usual George Pelecanos novel which are good, I wouldn t say great but a solid good , but it wasn t nearly as good as Clockers It was a good read but the novel never really grabbed me the way I wanted Price s story to grab me after loving Clockers so much, and I kind of felt like the hype machine surrounding this book made this out to be his best novel ever I did love the hipster funeral memorial service Price might have missed the mark on the periodical reading habits of hipsters but his portrayal of them in this scene was callously great It made me laugh It made me want to throw napalm onto Bedford Avenue Good stuff


  6. Ned Ned says:

    Price is simply the best writing about inner city life and, especially, the workings of police and the criminal justice system The dialogue, action and inner monologues crackle with life This writing style was coincidentally the same as the last book American Rust, Meyer where the action is initiated with a criminal act and the story told from many different vantages in a plot driven drama Price is remarkably well researched, telling the story of a place and time the lower East Side , work Price is simply the best writing about inner city life and, especially, the workings of police and the criminal justice system The dialogue, action and inner monologues crackle with life This writing style was coincidentally the same as the last book American Rust, Meyer where the action is initiated with a criminal act and the story told from many different vantages in a plot driven drama Price is remarkably well researched, telling the story of a place and time the lower East Side , working in the Jewish history and themodern gentrification where the young urbanites sentimentalize amongst the less fortunate e.g the housing projects All the characters are conflicted, working through cynicism and failed marriages, relationships and general pathos Every word is a delight, and the characters are deep and interesting But the dialogue is exceptional, raw, imperfect yet spot on and true to its peoples The history of 9 11 and the rich tapestry of NYC is beautifully displayed.Here s a main protagonist cop, lamenting his own failed fathering, observing the father of a victim reeling and recovering p 315 Because that s what you do, Matty thought, that s what you are supposed to do, you take care of them, you lay down your life if you have to, not spend every night of your aging gerbil on a training wheel existence getting wasted and looking for strange, or waiting on that sea of malice and mayhem out thereto set your chest pocket to trembling And here s that same cop, reflecting on a temptation p 373 He had known cops who had on occasion slept with witnesses, slept with suspected perps, confirmed perps, slept with the wives, sisters, and mothers of victims, and had even slept with the victims themselves if they recovered You walk into lives abruptly turned inside out by the arbitrary malice of the world, and you, your suit and tie, your heavy black shoes, your decent haircut, and your air of seriousness, you become the knight, the father, the protector.All of which is to say that sometimes it fell into your lap if you were that kind of individual Which he was not, was not Remarkable.


  7. Perry Perry says:

    Lush Lifeless I bought this book a few months back after belatedly binge watching The Wire My thought was that Price, who wrote some of the episodes, might have captured that magic here Unfortunately, and I m being as frank as I can though I read this a few months ago, I do not remember a character in this book or the particulars or the outcome Yet, I do remember that I found it as flat as a day old fountain drink and that I looked forward to the ending because I d lost all desire to read Lush Lifeless I bought this book a few months back after belatedly binge watching The Wire My thought was that Price, who wrote some of the episodes, might have captured that magic here Unfortunately, and I m being as frank as I can though I read this a few months ago, I do not remember a character in this book or the particulars or the outcome Yet, I do remember that I found it as flat as a day old fountain drink and that I looked forward to the ending because I d lost all desire to read anyof it.It s not a bad book It s just a particularly unremarkable one


  8. Dave Dave says:

    Absolutely tremendous Like fireworks exploding in the air Price has given us a tough, nasty police procedural that is in some sense like an episode of Law and Order with the police picking and poking and hoping to come up with something that made sense and led them to the perpetrator Gritty, realistic, and poetic His dialogue screams the language of the streets Characters aren t necessarily described, but they are through the dialogue set out in all their glory While I imagine some find Absolutely tremendous Like fireworks exploding in the air Price has given us a tough, nasty police procedural that is in some sense like an episode of Law and Order with the police picking and poking and hoping to come up with something that made sense and led them to the perpetrator Gritty, realistic, and poetic His dialogue screams the language of the streets Characters aren t necessarily described, but they are through the dialogue set out in all their glory While I imagine some find the pace slow and ponderous, to me it was like entering a dimension of page turning madness Writers like this you know from page one you gotta dredge the ocean for everything he ever wrote


  9. Yulia Yulia says:

    Lazily written, this book may well make for a good movie one day, but it seems Price has spent too much time writing TV scripts, he s forgotten how to write prose of course, I ve not read anything else of his, so perhaps he never knew No, lists of people, objects, sights, and neighborhoods can t substitute for atmosphere, perception, and insight It s insulting to be given his mental scraps I m not starving here I ll meet you on DVD.


  10. Emily Emily says:

    I loved the first two hundred pages of this book, particularly the hundred page long interrogation scene, which I couldn t tear myself away from After that, the plot meandered to a slow close, without any of the previous urgency or interest This is a book that s about the slow and painstaking grind of police work, but about 100 pages could have been cut out and it would have been better Part of the reason Richard Price s writing feels so unique is that characters simply are He doesn t have t I loved the first two hundred pages of this book, particularly the hundred page long interrogation scene, which I couldn t tear myself away from After that, the plot meandered to a slow close, without any of the previous urgency or interest This is a book that s about the slow and painstaking grind of police work, but about 100 pages could have been cut out and it would have been better Part of the reason Richard Price s writing feels so unique is that characters simply are He doesn t have the typical beats in a story that show you, as the reader, what you re supposed to be watching for, or introductions for anyone that comes on the page His characters show up, play their parts, and move in and out as necessary I couldn t even tell that Matty was the protagonist if there was one until the interrogation was under way You get a real picture of Price s New York this way, with all its inhabitants and history In some places this is far too heavy handed thinking about Eric and Bree talking about the Jacob Riis pictures in the basement, as well as Eric s literal ghost play , but it s still enjoyable for what it is It s too bad that Price spends so much time on Eric Cash and Billy Marcus, neither of whom interested me Billy Marcus grieves his son s death through throwing himself into the investigation which is painfully boring to read , and Eric Cash is the hapless friend who s there at the time of the death The Eric story in particular felt like a letdown because view spoiler it seemed like there was going to be something else to his relationship with the restauranteur, some sort of secret he was hiding or drugs he was selling or something hide spoiler And then there s Matty, who s an interesting enough detective but somehow spends most of his time off the job having sex with all manner of attractive women, involved in his cases or not Price seems to throw Matty and Billy into relief against one another as parents, but there s no real ending or payoff to this comparison I think Price would say that there doesn t need to be, because that s not realistic, but I would also argue that every man in this book having sex with the same LES cocktail waitress is also not realistic, so we re at a stalemate there I liked this enough that I m going to read Clockers, but I m a little bemused by its critical reception


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Lush Life Price is the greatest writer of dialogue, living or dead, this country has ever produced Wry, profane, hilarious, and tragic, sometimes in a single line, Lush Life is his masterwork I doubt anyone will write a novel this good for a long, long time Dennis Lehane So, what do you doWhenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers Artist, actor, screenwriter But now he s thirty five years old and he s still living on the Lower East Side, still in the restaurant business, still serving the people he wanted to be What does Eric do He manages Not like Ike Marcus Ike was young, good looking, people liked him Ask him what he did, he wouldn t say tending bar He was going places until two street kids stepped up to him and Eric one night and pulled a gun At least, that s Eric s versionIn Lush Life, Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the new New York to show us the hidden cracks, the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour Lush Life is an X ray of the street in the age of no broken windows and quality of life squads, from a writer whose tough, gritty brand of social realism reads like a movie in prose Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk living or dead ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk this country has ever produced Wry [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk profane ❰Download❯ ➺ Braving the Wilderness Author Brené Brown – 9facts.co.uk hilarious [Ebook] ➣ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk and tragic ❴Read❵ ➳ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, Author Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk sometimes in a single line [BOOKS] ⚣ Iron Council (New Crobuzon, By China Miéville – 9facts.co.uk Lush Life is his masterwork I doubt anyone will write a novel this good for a long [KINDLE] ❅ Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert – 9facts.co.uk long time Dennis Lehane So [BOOKS] ✭ Bloody Acquisitions (Fred, the Vampire Accountant, By Drew Hayes – 9facts.co.uk what do you doWhenever people asked him ❁ [EPUB] ✹ Dangerous By Amanda Quick ➚ – 9facts.co.uk Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers Artist [Read] ➬ Succeed and Grow Rich through Persuasion Author Napoleon Hill – 9facts.co.uk actor ➺ [Reading] ➼ Agile Software Requirements By Dean Leffingwell ➯ – 9facts.co.uk screenwriter But now he s thirty five years old and he s still living on the Lower East Side ➠ [Epub] ➚ The Last Kids on Earth By Max Brallier ➪ – 9facts.co.uk still in the restaurant business ❴Epub❵ ➞ Fusiliers Author Mark Urban – 9facts.co.uk still serving the people he wanted to be What does Eric do He manages Not like Ike Marcus Ike was young ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Martian By Andy Weir ✸ – 9facts.co.uk good looking [Download] ➹ Tarot for Magical Times ➾ Rachel Pollack – 9facts.co.uk people liked him Ask him what he did [EPUB] ✸ The Maze at Windermere By Gregory Blake Smith – 9facts.co.uk he wouldn t say tending bar He was going places until two street kids stepped up to him and Eric one night and pulled a gun At least ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs ✩ Author Lisa Randall – 9facts.co.uk that s Eric s versionIn Lush Life ❰KINDLE❯ ✽ The American Nurse Author Carolyn Jones – 9facts.co.uk Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the new New York to show us the hidden cracks ❮Epub❯ ➚ The Life Project Author Helen Pearson – 9facts.co.uk the underground networks of control and violence beneath the glamour Lush Life is an X ray of the street in the age of no broken windows and quality of life squads [Read] ➲ The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon By Brad Stone – 9facts.co.uk from a writer whose tough ➶ [Reading] ➸ Dangerous Desire By Diane Escalera ➫ – 9facts.co.uk gritty brand of social realism reads like a movie in prose Michiko Kakutani [PDF / Epub] ☃ Dangerous Heat By Diane Escalera – 9facts.co.uk The New York Times