Author(s): Renata Adler

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"It has been more than thirty-five years since Renata Adler’s Speedboat charged through the literary establishment, blasting genre walls and pointing the way for a newly liberated way of writing. This unclassifiable work is simultaneously novel, memoir, commonplace book, confession, and critique. It is the story of every man and woman cursed with too much consciousness and too little comprehension, and it is the story of Jen Fein, a journalist negotiating the fraught landscape of contemporary urban America. Her voice is cuttingly perceptive, darkly funny, and always fiercely intelligent as she breaks narrative convention to send dispatches back from the world as she finds it. This new edition of Speedboatwill include an interview between Renata Adler and Guy Trebay discussing the genesis and composition of the book. enata Adler's collage novel Speedboatcaptivates by its jagged and frenetic changes of pitch and tone and voice. She confides, reflects, tells a story, aphorizes, undercuts the aphorism, then undercuts that. If she's cryptic in one paragraph, she's clear in the next. She changes subjects like a brilliant schizophrenic, making irration


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RENATA ADLERwas born in Milan and raised in Connecticut. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr, an M.A. from Harvard, a D.d'E.S from the Sorbonne, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.D. (honorary) from Georgetown. Adler became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1963 and, except for a year as the chief film critic of The New York Times, remained at The New Yorker for the next four decades. Her books include A Year in the Dark (1969); Toward a Radical Middle (1970); Reckless Disregard: Westmoreland v. CBS et al., Sharon v. Time (1986); Canaries in the Mineshaft (2001); Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker (1999); Irreparable Harm: The U.S. Supreme Court and The Decision That Made George W. Bush President (2004); and the novels Speedboat (1976; winner of the Ernest Hemingway Award for Best First Novel) and Pitch Dark (1983). GUY TREBAY writes on fashion and style for The New York Times. He was previously a columnist and senior editor at The Village Voice, and has written for The New Yorker, Vibe, Conde Nast Traveler, Harper's, Esquire, Vogue and other major publications. His books include In The Place To Be: Guy Trebay's New York and Runway, with photography by Larry Fink

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  • : 9781590176139
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
  • : 0.22
  • : January 2013
  • : 196mm X 122mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Renata Adler
  • : Paperback
  • : Jun-13
  • : English
  • : 813/.54
  • : very good
  • : 200