The Golden Flea: A Story of Obsession and Collecting

Michael Rips (Author)

Product Details

$26.95  $24.79
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
April 21, 2020
5.8 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Rips is the author of The Golden Flea, Pasquale's Nose, and The Face of a Naked Lady. He is the executive director of the Art Students League of New York and lives in the Chelsea Hotel in New York City.


I love this book so much I decided to mark my favorite bits with asterisks and ended up with something that looked like the Milky Way galaxy.--Patricia Marx, author of Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?
An extraordinary portrait of a New York filled with unlikely treasures, human and material. Michael Rips is a magician of seeing, and only he could have come up with this enchanted construction.--Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland
Michael Rips writes with a unique combination of sly humor, close observation, and sympathy. He takes the philosopher's long view, is impressively open, and treasures all manner of people and experiences. He finds gold in stories that might otherwise go unremarked. This book is exemplary in its inclusiveness, humanity, and wit.--David Salle, author of How to See
A wry and engaging ode to a bygone aspect of N.Y.C. culture.
A tender, passionate, melancholy elegy.--Luc Sante