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The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 por Rachel…

The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 (edición 2021)

por Rachel Kushner (Autor)

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Título:The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020
Autores:Rachel Kushner (Autor)
Info:Scribner (2021), Edition: 1st Edition, 272 pages
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca
Etiquetas:art, criticism, essays

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The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 por Rachel Kushner


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Look, I don't mean to drag Rachel Kushner. I do not think this collection is odious, just that it is not for me. There are a few really solid essays, a lot of which deal with Kushner's musings on life, with the one repeated motif being a dissonance between reality an performance, which appears in many of the essays. There is interesting stuff in this book, no doubt, and certainly for any fans of Kushner. However, this isn't a book I expect I'll be coming back to any time soon.
For me, THE HARD CROWD lacks the raw emotion of Joan Didion, the rhetorical skill of David Foster Wallace, the humor of David Sedaris, and the depth of all three. Ultimately, this collection comes off as bashful, slightly shallow, and occasionally inept——this last impression created, in no small part, by the incoherent progression of the included essays. Had there been a clear grouping of the essays ala THE WHITE ALBUM or the chronological ordering of THE BEST OF ME (which allows the reader to track the trajectory of Sedaris's skill quite easily), THE HARD CROWD would have felt much more coherent, and I wouldn't've been left wondering why an essay fell flat quite as much. It doesn't help that many essays included numerous contemporary references, even in essays wherein the prose feels more youthful, leading me to believe many of them were added only recently, either for a timeless effect or as part of a normal editing process; if this second guess is correct, I must wonder why the editing process stopped short of more involved revisions that I believe would have improved certain rough essays.
Whatever the case, while there were certainly diamonds in this volume, the overall result for me personally is a book that fluctuates between bland and confused. I suppose fans of Kushner would enjoy this book, and that is excellent, though I expect those who are not will feel left behind. ( )
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