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Susan Kirschbaum

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Susan Kirschbaum started her writing career as a journalist, penning cultural stories for Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, the Jewish Forward, the London Times, New York Observer, New York Magazine, and the New York Times, among others. After myriad art critiques, then dipping into investigative journalism, she decided to delve deeper into the human psyche and write fiction. She’s never looked back.

Her first novel –”Who Town” — a social parody called the “New York hipster Less than Zero” — debuted in May 2012 on Amazon. *UPDATE 2013, Bret Easton Ellis, the author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho read Who Town. To quote him: "It was fun."

There’s a second satirical novel in the works that pays homage to some of Kirschbaum's literary heroes includi

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Who Town
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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
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I'm going to make this short and sweet. The Marriage Plot was a tele novella on a page. A soap opera that kept me reading until the last luscious drop. I related to Madeleine. Eugenides did a great job of juxtaposing the two men vying for her heart: ...more
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The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
The Periodic Table
by Primo Levi
read in October, 2014
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This book is clever, since Levi equates the consistency -- survival and weakness-- of various elements of the Periodic Table to humanity, specifically those he'd encountered in his life story. Carefully threaded within the confines of chemistry, the ...more
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Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”
Chuck Palahniuk
“There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve.”
William S. Burroughs
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Just Kids
by Patti Smith
read in April, 2014
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If you don't already believe in magic, after reading Patti Smith's Just Kids, you might.
it is an historical love poem that calls in spirits. And while many mortals may not fully
understand, there are those of us that know such gifts of art, union, a
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“Preserve your own mystery. We live in an age of social media and what seems like extreme sharing of personal details. I would beg to differ that these revelations are not honest truths but more self-branding. Whatever the case, save a little bit, or a lot, for yourself. If you run around naked all the time, when the storm hits, you’ll have no raincoat.”
Susan Kirschbaum, Who Town

“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
George Orwell, 1984

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
George Orwell

“Big Brother is Watching You.”
George Orwell, 1984

“I found that what I had desired all my life was not to live - if what others are doing is called living - but to express myself.”
Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn

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