"Talk" is a hilariously irreverent and racy testament to dialogue: the gossip, questioning, analysis, arguments, and revelations that make up our closest friendships. It s the summer of 1965 and Emily, Vincent, and Marsha are at the beach. All three are ambitious and artistic; all are hovering around thirty; and all are deeply and mercilessly invested in analyzing themselves and everyone around them. The friends discuss sex, shrinks, psychedelics, sculpture, and S and M in an ongoing dialogue where anything goes and no topic is off limits. "Talk" is the result of these conversations, recorded by Linda Rosenkrantz and transformed into a novel whose form and content put it well ahead of its time. Controversial upon its first publication in 1968, "Talk" remains fresh, lascivious, and laugh-out-loud funny nearly fifty years later."
Rosenkrantz and her friends are living a hippie lifestyle before the hippie lifestyle took hold, but they approach it as creative intellectuals...There's a realness to the way they relate to one another and the world. Carolyn Kellogg, "Los Angeles Times" T"alk" gave me a sizzling Warholian window into the smart-mouthed freaky New York scene of the late 1960s. I was overwhelmed by a desire to jump in a time machine. Simon Doonan, author of "The Asylum" The rawest of raw material is hashed over in detail, but with such openness and enthusiasm that one is more delighted and stimulated than embarrassed or shocked. James Leo Herlihy, author of "Midnight Cowboy" The pattern of self-revelation is far from coarse: it is eloquent and convincing, with its insights suddenly stumbled upon, its slender bridges of nervous sympathy that join each private island to the threatening outside world. Norman Shrapnel, "The Guardian" It is sometimes hard to remember just how radical" Talk" was when it was published. Rosenkrantz s innovative process of using transcribed recorded conversation as dialogue introduced a level of reality not unlike the choice to paint from photographs instead of live models. Chuck Close Cool, astringent...something new, something beyond black humor or pop fiction. "The New Republic" Utterly hip, utterly frank, utterly amoral. "New Haven Register" The characters are defined by speech alone, and the talk is of a kind that has been missing from literature...Miss Rosenkrantz s importance as a writer is to have shown, right away in her first book, that exact data can go into a novel without the pressures of conventional plot and character requirements. "Vogue""
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