The Hard Crowd Essays 2000-2020

Rachel Kushner

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‘I’m glad to taste something this sharp, this smart’ Olivia Laing

‘Wide-ranging and unsparingly intelligent throughout’ Vogue

In her twenties Rachel Kushner went to Mexico in pursuit of her first love – motorbikes – to compete in the notorious and deadly race, Cabo 1000.

As fellow racers died on the roadside, bikes were stolen and friends abandoned one another in the heat of the chase, she crashed at 80mph and miraculously survived; soon after, she decided to leave her controlling boyfriend and manoeuvred her way into a freer new life.

The Hard Crowd is a white-knuckle ride through that life; a book about muscling your way through, finding your own path and, as she says in the hair-raising opening essay, ‘completing the ride without dying’. Charged with hot-blooded humanity – with anger against the world’s cruelties, and a free-wheeling passion for rare people, machines, movies, music, art and writing – it is an electrifying work about a woman’s determination to reach the finish line.

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ISBN – 9781787332973
Publisher – Penguin Random House
Format – Hardback
Publication Date – 08/04/2021
Dimensions – 301mm X 163mm
Categories – Essays

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Rachel Kushner
The Hard Crowd Essays 2000-2020


From celebrated writer Rachel Kushner comes a career-spanning collection of spectacular essays encompassing politics, culture, and art.


Since her debut more than a decade ago, Rachel Kushner has firmly established herself as not only one of our finest fiction writers, but one of our most incisive essayists–each of her pieces is singular, brilliant, and itself a literary event. Now, in The Hard Crowd, Kushner gathers a selection of her writing over the course of the last twenty years that not only illuminates the themes that underpin her fiction, but addresses the most pressing political, artistic, and cultural issues of our times.


In nineteen razor-sharp essays, The Hard Crowd spans literary journalism, memoir, cultural criticism, and writing about art and literature, including pieces on politics, social justice, and her personal relationships, as well as on Jeff Koons, Denis Johnson, and Marguerite Duras. Kushner takes us on a journey through a Palestinian refugee camp in East Jerusalem, the world of truckers, and the music scene of her hometown of San Francisco. Her stories are electric, incisive, and wry, and provide us the opportunity to witness the evolution and range of one of our most dazzling and fearless writers.

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