Lush Life by Richard Price

By Richard Price

So, what do you do?" at any time when humans requested him, Eric money used to have a dozen solutions. Artist, actor, screenwriter . . . yet now he's thirty-five years previous and he's nonetheless dwelling at the reduce East aspect, nonetheless within the eating place company, nonetheless serving the folks he desired to be. What does Eric do? He manages. unlike Ike Marcus. Ike was once younger, handsome, humans beloved him. Ask him what he did, he wouldn't say tending bar. He was once going places—until highway youngsters stepped as much as him and Eric one evening and pulled a gun. at the very least, that's Eric's version.

In Lush existence, Richard fee tears the glossy veneer off the "new" big apple to teach us the hidden cracks, the underground networks of keep an eye on and violence underneath the glamour. Lush lifestyles is an Xray of the road within the age of no damaged home windows and "quality of life" squads, from a author whose "tough, gritty model of social realism . . . reads like a film in prose" (Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times).

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A number of linguists claim that there is a difficulty with providing a definition of this concept (cf. Bex and Watts 1999, Cheshire 1999, Trudgill 1999, Jenkins 2009, Trousdale 2010), precisely because even Standard English, a term which implies a certain fixed norm to a lay person, and especially one with purist tendencies, may show variation (cf. Mesthrie 2000b). Trousdale (2010: 12-13) mentions three sources of Standard English variation, which may be caused by a) whether communication takes place by means of speech or via the written channel, b) the degree of formality of a given situation, and lastly, c) the fact that, as concerns the broad concept of English, there is more than one standard, as there are many countries where English is the native language, and the standards followed in each are not identical.

Perry and Delpit, eds. 1998, Leap and Mesthrie 2000) has publicly confirmed its equal status in comparison to other varieties of language and urged people to approach the language and its speakers in the same way as all other world tongues. AAVE, used by only part of the African American ethnic group (cf. Wardhaugh 1992) has been recognised as a marker of the group identity and gained some prestige, particularly in the field of music, especially blues and rap (cf. Trudgill 1983, Cutler 2009, Pennycook 2009, Filas 2012).

Trudgill 1975, Honey 1983, Freeborn et al. 1993, Leap and Mesthrie 2000). Another difficulty which the concept of “English” is incurring, no doubt like all the other language denotations, though admittedly on a smaller scale, is the definition of what standard language really is and how to describe it. A number of linguists claim that there is a difficulty with providing a definition of this concept (cf. Bex and Watts 1999, Cheshire 1999, Trudgill 1999, Jenkins 2009, Trousdale 2010), precisely because even Standard English, a term which implies a certain fixed norm to a lay person, and especially one with purist tendencies, may show variation (cf.

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