Nathaniel Rich (novelist)

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Nathaniel Rich
Born (1980-03-05) March 5, 1980 (age 38)
United States
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality United States of America
Alma mater Yale University
Genre Novelist
Relatives Frank Rich (father)
Simon Rich (brother)

Nathaniel Rich (born March 5, 1980) is an American novelist and essayist. He is the author of the 2013 novel, Odds Against Tomorrow, the 2008 novel, The Mayor's Tongue and the 2005 nonfiction book, San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present. Rich has written essays and criticism for The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Slate.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Rich is an alumnus of Yale University, where he studied literature.[7] After graduation, he worked on the editorial staff of The New York Review of Books.[8] He moved to San Francisco to write San Francisco Noir, which the San Francisco Chronicle named one of the best books of 2005.[9] That year he was hired as an editor by The Paris Review.[10]

The Mayor's Tongue was described by Carolyn See in The Washington Post as a "playful, highly intellectual novel about serious subjects -- the failure of language, for one, and how we cope with that failure in order to keep ourselves sane."[11]

NPR's Alan Cheuse called Odds Against Tomorrow a "brilliantly conceived and extremely well-executed novel...a knockout of a book."[12] Cathleen Schine wrote, in the New York Review of Books, "Let's just, right away, recognize how prescient this charming, terrifying, comic novel of apocalyptic manners is...Rich is a gifted caricaturist and a gifted apocalyptist. His descriptions of the vagaries of both nature and human nature are stark, fresh, and convincing, full of surprise and recognition as both good comedy and good terror must be."[13]

Rich is the son of Frank Rich, New York Magazine writer and former New York Times columnist, and Gail Winston, executive editor at HarperCollins, and brother of writer Simon Rich.


Other writings[edit]


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  2. ^ The New York Review of Books
  3. ^ Vanity Fair
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  5. ^ Rolling Stone
  6. ^ "Nathaniel Rich". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Holson, Laura M. (January 4, 2013). "Nathaniel and Simon: The Brothers Rich". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Holson, Laura M. (January 4, 2013). "Nathaniel and Simon: The Brothers Rich". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Villalon, Oscar (December 18, 2005). "Best books in a year of war, anxiety". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Kreisler, Harry. "Conversations with History". Institute of International Studies. University of California, Berkeley. 
  11. ^ See, Carolyn (April 25, 2008). "Speaking in Tongues". The Washington Post. p. C02. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ NPR
  13. ^ "A Genius for Disaster". The New York Review of Books. 

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