Literary Friction - Hard Crowds with Rachel Kushner


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Our guest this month is the novelist Rachel Kushner, who we have been huge fans of ever since we read her novel The Flamethrowers. Rachel’s latest book is a collection of essays, The Hard Crowd. Though it covers a lot of ground, the collection returns often to the rebels and misfits and outsiders living on the edge of society - a theme in her fiction too. Inspired by Rachel's work, for this show we're talking about ‘hard crowds’ in literature, from the ultraviolent gang in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange to musicians living on the edge in their memoirs. So, climb on the back of our hogs and take a ride with us for the next hour of Literary Friction… Recommendations on the theme, Hard Crowds: Octavia: Nicotine by Nell Zink Carrie: Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson General recommendations: Octavia: No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood Rachel: The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen Carrie: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre Support us on Patreon: Email us: Tweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction Find lists of our recommendations at:, where you can also order books while supporting independent bookshops This episode is sponsored by Picador:

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