Rachel Kushner's Novel The Flame Throwers

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rachel Kushner talks about her novel, The Flame Throwers, the story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s—by turns underground, elite, and dangerous. She falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the 1970s.


Rachel Kushner

Comments [3]


This is quite a self important and navel gazing interviewee. Did not enjoy this.

Apr. 24 2013 01:21 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I never thought "unreliable narrator" *necessarily* meant a narrator who was deliberately being misleading but could also mean one who misunderstood things or didn't know as much as s/he thought about what was going on.

Apr. 24 2013 01:18 PM
art525 from Park Slope

I don't remember Robert Longo doing any "land art". It doesn't seem to fit with his balck and white drawings of hip people appearing to be shot. This story prompts thoughts of an 80s band whose name seems to fit the premise- "Tragically Hip".Since art is referenced I'm wondering how long it will take for Leonard to reference Mark Rothko.

Apr. 24 2013 01:15 PM

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