Reviews

  • The Hard Crowd is wild, wide-ranging and unsparingly intelligent throughout.

    Vogue *Best Books to Read in 2021*
  • One of America's most exciting writers . . . A brilliant collection of art and literary criticism, reportage, and autobiography.

    Daily Telegraph
  • She writes as well as any writer alive about the pleasure of a good motor doing what it was designed to do . . . Cool and wise, with real power and control . . . This book has a real gallery of souls . . . As strong a statement about artistic purpose and sensibility as I've read in a while.

    Dwight Garner, New York Times
  • She seems to work with a muse and a nail gun, so surprisingly yet forcefully do her sentences pin reality to the page.

    Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine
  • I honestly don't know how she is able to know so much (about motorcycle racing, Italian radical politics) and convey all of it in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way.

    George Saunders
  • Kushner at her most freewheeling . . . Luminously beautiful . . . 'The Hard Crowd', which closes the book, allows us to see how Kushner has evolved over the twenty-year span of this collection.

    Michael LaPointe, Times Literary Supplement
  • New Journalism given a new lease of life . . . And then there's the frank pleasure of her sentences . . . I'm glad to taste something this sharp, this smart.

    Olivia Laing, Observer
  • She's going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom we'll be needing in hard times to come.

    Robert Stone
  • If you want to ride in a famous motorcycle race, then hang out with Keith Richards in 1990s San Francisco and finally consider the work of Marguerite Duras - and who wouldn't? - all you have to do is pick up this wide-ranging book of journalism.

    Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post
  • Rachel Kushner's dauntless essays [are] all propelled by a singular and ferocious curiosity.

    Cornelia Channing, Vulture

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