Saturday, May 03, 2008

Richard Price

No one writes better dialogue than Richard Price — not Elmore Leonard, not David Mamet, not even David Chase. Not only does Mr. Price have perfect pitch for the lingo, the rhythms and the inflections of how people talk, but he also knows how to use a line or two or even a single phrase to conjure a character’s history and emotional vibe. He’s as adept as Tom Wolfe at using his journalistic eye for social detail — for how people juggle work and love and money, and navigate the confounding maze of class and social status in big cities today — but he does so without turning his characters, as Mr. Wolfe so often does, into caricatures or cartoons.
Michiko Kakutani's review of Richard Price's latest book, Lush Life

Sleepy-Eyed Writer, Wandering Byzantium

Neighborhood Watch

"Richard Price Cracks a Hard-Boiled 'Lush Life'" from NPR