The Last Picture Show

Occasional updates from writer Rosecrans Baldwin.

Rosecrans is the author of You Lost Me There (New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; NPR's Best Books of 2010) and Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down (GQ's Best Books of 2012). His next novel is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Rosecrans's essays appear in a variety of magazines, including GQ, Men's Journal, and the Oxford American. He talks about books on the radio for NPR's All Things Considered.

He and his wife live in Los Angeles, California.

Best Books of 2010 (NPR)… Best Books of Summer (TIME, Entertainment Weekly, TimeOut Chicago)… New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice… McSweeney’s Recommends… Powell’s “Writers to Watch”…

Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A-): “Beautiful, brainy, offbeat… Baldwin shows steadying compassion and literary flair in the dissection of miseries”… The Daily Beast: “A masterful study of love, loss, and self-discovery… Baldwin has truly found his footing in this book”… National Public Radio: “A stunning debut… You Lost Me There is, finally, a wise book, the kind that eludes many authors twice Baldwin’s age. Profound, affecting, and true”… New York Observer: “In showing just how complicated memory can be, Baldwin elegantly explores how even the most analytic of minds can be flummoxed by human emotion”… Chicago Tribune: “Memory is a trickster, a scamp, a rogue. And, as Baldwin demonstrates in his novel, it can be a heartbreaker too”… The Onion’s A.V. Club:Neuroscientist, know thy brain!"… Washington Post: “Baldwin’s prose is wise and nimble, clever without being self-conscious, true to the myriad voices of his characters”… New York Times Book Review: “In fiction as in life, you can’t save people from themselves. Although that never keeps anyone from trying, as Rosecrans Baldwin’s amiable first novel demonstrates”… Virginia Free Lance-Star: “Immensely readable and fascinating”… The Los Angeles Times: "A mature look at relationships and memory"… The Independent: “Closely and smoothly composed, alert all the way down to its synapses and axons, and comfortably, warmly readable"… Paste Magazine: “The head’s tools in the landscape of the heart"… Newsday: “Grief is good in You Lost Me There”… Raleigh News & Observer: “Even skeptical readers can be won over by Baldwin’s assured take on the truth that - regardless of how old we are - we are all searching to be understood and loved”… Portland Press Herald: “Baldwin has managed to take big themes - the notion of a couple’s shared history and the skewed, fickle nature of memory - and cast them into a funny, sad, insightful narrative”… Open Letters Monthly: "Explosively good… Baldwin’s story is an elegant double helix in the nature of The GoldBug Variations”… Three Guys One Book: “It’s a bright moment for any reader of contemporary American literature when they discover a debut novel as self-assured, as well-disciplined, as You Lost Me There”… Largehearted Boy: “Witty, profound, and heartbreaking… Easily one of my favorite books of the year.”