Publishing on July 7, Linda Rosenkrantz’s groundbreaking 1968 Talk is set over the course of a summer spent at the beach. The book offers all the pleasure and startling insight of eavesdropping on the witty and raw conversation between the most intimate of friends.
“[A]n unconventional novel that is equal parts experimental literature, confessional memoir, and art project…Talk has re-entered the literary frame after an almost 50-year respite, and its attendant conflicts of art, love, friendship, and connection are still fresh.” —Anna Wiener, The New Republic
Lorin Stein, editor of the Paris Review, and Kevin Nguyen, editorial director of The Oyster Review, both named Talk a “Top 10 Summer Books Pick” on NPR’s On Point:
“The wonderful New York Review Classics—everything that they publish is worthy of interest, I’m always curious to see what they’re coming out with…and in this case it’s a novel made up entirely of dialogue between two women best friends, Marsha and Emily, and a friend of theirs, Vincent—a close friend of Marsha’s, a gay guy—and its just about them yakking about being in their late-twenties…It’s fun, they talk about sex, psychoanalysis, LSD. It’s a real ‘60s book.” —Lorin Stein, on NPR’s On Point
“NYRB Classics [is] probably one of the best publishes out there…[Talk] reminded me a lot of Renata Adler’s Speedboat, which was also written in the 70s…It moves so quickly and so frankly that it still feels very modern.” —Kevin Nguyen, on NPR’s On Point
Join us for events with Linda Rosenkrantz this July:
Arcana: Books on the Arts Sunday, July 5, 4 p.m., 8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA
Skylight Books Friday, July 10, 7:30 p.m., 1818 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles
BookCourt Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m., 163 Court St., Brooklyn, NY
BookHampton Sunday, July 19, 4 p.m., 41 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
Book signings to follow all of the above events.