Re: RARA-AVIS: Price and Pelecanos

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 24 Jan 2003

Carrie Pruett wrote:
> I'm getting in on this late, but for what it's worth - I attended
> a Price reading in DC last week, and as an unadvertised bonus,
> he was introduced by Pelecanos. He said that he had come "for
> the same reason, as all of you, because I'm a Richard Price fan,"
> and said that as far as socially important psychological explorations
> of character (although he said it much more artfully than that), he
> put "Clockers" in the same category as other favorite novels - The Grapes
> Wrath and the Brothers Karamazov.

********* Good to see you again, Carrie. Been a long time. So Pelecanos liked THE GRAPES OF WRATH? I guess I need to read it, but I have a hard time with politically oriented novels like the Proletariat batch that grew out of the Thirties. I liked OF MICE AND MEN a lot, though. I know I read THE PEARL, but I can't remember anything about it.

It's strange how some books engrave themselves into your memory. I bet it's been 30 years since I read OF MICE AND MEN and I still remember a lot of it, but I read Ellroy's THE BLACK DAHLIA maybe 8 years ago, but when I recently reread it very little of it was familiar to me.


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