Darren Richard Carlaw

Darren Richard Carlaw is a British writer, editor, and researcher. He studied and taught at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, where he completed a Ph.D. thesis examining the New York literary flâneur. His work has been published in the Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of American Studies, Conserveries mémorielles, Spilling Ink Review, and Fractured West.

Dr. Carlaw has what many would describe as a lifelong wanderlust. In literature, this manifested itself as an early fascination with the figure of the picaro and the flâneur. His reading led him to wander the streets of many a great metropolis, from Manhattan to Moscow, with a notebook close at hand. After completing his doctoral thesis, he explored much of America on foot, by Greyhound bus, and by car. Despite living in the North East of England, he is continually drawn back to New York City. During each visit, he endeavors to walk the entire length of the island, from Battery Park to the Harlem River and marvel at the accelerated state of reinvention in which the city is perpetually held. In founding StepAway Magazine, he aims to encourage writers to rediscover the dirty magic of the street by repeatedly treading the sidewalks of their chosen cities.

Dr. Carlaw is currently writing a monograph about walking in New York City.

Book Reviews by Darren Richard Carlaw

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“Elegantly written, with poise and control, each of the stories presented in this collection beg to be pondered with great care.

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I Never Knew That About New York is magical on account of its cumulative nature.

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“. . . struggles to find cause for laughter in anguish. New York too becomes a slower, more stifling, monochromatic space.”

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“. . . stereotype . . . of the fusty Oxbridge academic harrumphing at a changing world that does not correlate with his own. . . . not particularly funny.”

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“The result is a timely, thought provoking, and highly readable study.”

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“. . . a clever, clever story . . . a book anyone interested in the Big Apple should read.”

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“. . . thank Kurt Hollander for leading us through a city in which many would not have the heart, lungs, stomach, or street smarts to survive.”

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“. . . a coffee table book that deserves to be read and studied. . . . beautiful and engaging . . .”

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“[a] vindictive, poisonous stab at Britain’s yob culture. . . . another finely crafted novel . . .”

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“. . . a valuable study [but] Professor Sax misinterprets the value the majority of British people place on the Tower Raven myth . . .”

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“Venice Noir is undeniably inconsistent, yet there are a few gems hidden here . . .”

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“Many readers will struggle to finish this book. Those who persevere will be looking at the final pages and asking forlornly regarding the end: ‘Are we nearly there yet?’”

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“Gods Without Men is a handful of desert sand in which each grain has its own unique history, provenance, and abrasion pattern. Mr.

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“As hilarious as it is heartbreaking, New York Diaries is a must read for anyone who has fallen in love with the Big Apple.

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“In its entirety Paris vs. New York is a book that encourages playfulness.

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“Jeremy Reed is not one of those establishment poets: boring, beige, and bovine. On the contrary, Mr. Reed stands alone, throwing colored glitter in the air.”

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“Accessible to both undergraduates and postgraduates, this is an excellent statistical study.

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“Lucking Out is a must-read for anyone interested in New York at its most lurid.

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Colson Whitehead is one of a few writers who understand New York.

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“As with all great literary agitators, Mr. Palahniuk tests how far he can take his humor—and then pushes further. . . .

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“Northwest Corner demands to be read in one sitting, . . . Mr. Schwartz is capable of beautifully poetic prose, . . .

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“. . . a richly informative read, helped by Ms. McClear’s erudite, laconic style.