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February 5, 2014
by Dan
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Rachel Kushner on Images

Author Rachel Kushner discusses her novel The Flamethrowers (now out in paperback), and the importance of images to her work, with The Quietus: I’m inspired by visual art and film… Whether or not I’m writing about those mediums directly, as I … Continue reading

December 16, 2013
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Rachel Kushner and the Radical Gesture

Boris Kachka (Hothouse) profiles Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers, for New York magazine: It’s tempting to ask just how transgressive a novel, especially a best-selling novel, can be—and whether taking a stand against mainstream values makes you subversive or just modern. … Continue reading

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