Richard Price discusses his new novel, Ladies' Man, with Jack Sullivan.
Richard Price discusses his just-published third novel, Ladiesâ€™ Man, with Jack Sullivan of the New York University School of Continuing Education. Sullivan introduces the novel as a depiction of a newly single manâ€™s week-long drift through a New York nightlife of singles bars and sex clubs. The book is not autobiographical, Price says, but the characterâ€™s profane diction is: â€œItâ€™s my voice. Itâ€™s the way I talk when Iâ€™m not on a radio show.â€
Price and Sullivan discuss the novelâ€™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 â€œcinematicâ€ and â€œimmediateâ€ style of writing. Although his first two novels were made into films, Price says he doesnâ€™t think of future income or audiences when heâ€™s writing. Sullivan asks whether Price sees himself as part of a literary tradition of working-class realism, and Price responds: â€œMy orientation is not literature.â€ Price says many view the book as reflecting the cultural self-absorption of the 1970s. Price explains he avoids writerâ€™s block by "keeping busy," which includes teaching college writing courses.
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