RE: RARA-AVIS: Richard Price

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 21 Jan 2003

Actually, to judge from his NPR/local radio interviews, much of it was loosely autobiographical. He's also a successful novelist and longterm writing professor. CLOCKERS may be his most famous work, still, both novel and screenplay.

Given his druthers, he likes to say, he'd write nothing but dialog. TM

-----Original Message----- From: Joy Matkowski [mailto:] Thanks for mentioning this book, Chris. Our Sunday newspaper had a glowing
(syndicated) review of it and two of Price's previous books, and I was wondering why I'd never heard of him before. The article said he's a very successful Hollywood screenwriter, work he does to support himself while he writes books.

"Chris Martin" <> wrote:
> You've made this point before, Kevin, but it's a good point and one I've
> been thinking about a bit lately after reading SAMARITAN, Richard Price's
> latest.
> Like Price's previous two novels, SAMARITAN is set in a fictional New
> city that Price's "ability to understand people and do research" brings
> alive as vividly as, say, the D.C. of Pelecanos.
> Of course, many of the elements of the book that I found the most
> were probably invented wholesale by Price (how could I know?), but I have
> assume that he conducts plenty of shoe-leather research to supplement his
> already strong imagination, compassion for people, etc.
> That aside, the book is a great read with great dialogue and (at times)
> humor similar to that of Joe Wambaugh.

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