Monday, September 16, 2013

Boris Kachka's 6 favorite books

Boris Kachka is a contributing editor for New York magazine, where he has written and edited pieces on literature, publishing, and theater for more than a decade. His new book is Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

One of his six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Every fan has his or her favorite in this collection of dispatches on the social cataclysm of the 1960s. Mine is "On Morality," a brief against idealism that must have sounded reactionary then but now reads like a focused attack on the all-pervasive politics of emotional grievance.
Read about another book on Kachka's list.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem is among Max Jones's top ten books about exploration and Kurt Andersen’s five favorite ’60s books, and is a book David Rakoff keeps returning to.

--Marshal Zeringue