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Monday, December 04, 1978

Richard Price discusses his new novel, Ladies' Man, with Jack Sullivan.

Richard Price discusses his just-published third novel, Ladies’ Man, with Jack Sullivan of the New York University School of Continuing Education. Sullivan introduces the novel as a depiction of a newly single man’s week-long drift through a New York nightlife of singles bars and sex clubs. The book is not autobiographical, Price says, but the character’s profane diction is: “It’s my voice. It’s the way I talk when I’m not on a radio show.”

Price and Sullivan discuss the novel’s themes of love and loneliness. Sullivan points out that Price drafted the novel in three weeks, and Price describes how the fast-paced storytelling of television and film influence his “cinematic” and “immediate” style of writing. Although his first two novels were made into films, Price says he doesn’t think of future income or audiences when he’s writing. Sullivan asks whether Price sees himself as part of a literary tradition of working-class realism, and Price responds: “My orientation is not literature.” Price says many view the book as reflecting the cultural self-absorption of the 1970s. Price explains he avoids writer’s block by "keeping busy," which includes teaching college writing courses.


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Blending biographical information, critical readings, book recommendations and author readings, this program (1941-51) is hosted by Warren Bower, director of NYU's Writing Center and literary critic of The Saturday Review.  Discussions about genre and craft are honest, freewheeling, and elevated.  These programs are indicative of the seriousness New Yorkers share for literary and popular literature.

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