Richard Prince interviewed by John McWinnie
Tokion Magazine -The High/ Low Issue # 47 Mar/ Apr 2005 :
JW: By now everybody knows that you were working for Time Life in 1977 when you started re-photographing magazine ads, but few people know that you started collecting literary first editions at the same time. What was your first big purchase, and why do you collect books?
RP: My first big purchase was a signed limited edition of Larry McMurtry's Essays In A Narrow Grave. I paid $40 for it, and it was all the money I had in the world. I love collecting books. I think it's just another way of talking to people. Another way of saying 'this is it.' It makes me feel good.