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For a nation that elected Barack Obama as president here is the first novel of the new era The Mere Future by award winning novelist activist and playwright Sarah Schulman set in a utopian or is it dystopic future vision of New York City The city has morphed into what appears to be an idealized version of itself the result of what the new mayor calls The Big Change in which rent is cheap homelessness is a thing of the past and the only job left is marketing Advertising no longer appears in pu. I think Sarah Schulman is hands down one of the best writers alive today So I feel like I only have myself to blame for not really getting this book I got it I guess in pieces capitalism is an insidious cancer; heterosexism is forever; and connecting to other people is hard Beyond that though there was a lot that went over my head That said every author is entitled to write something a little inscrutable and since Schulman is normally pretty direct there was something interesting about the puzzle this short novel introduced

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The Mere FutureBlic but in the privacy of one's home; chain stores and homogenous culture disappear and a rugged individualism triumphs Despite the utopian surface however there is a disturbing malaise that infects the population; some openly uestion how the mayor is paying for such measures which take place at the expense of anyone feeling anything close to art or emotion culminating in murder and a resulting trial that transfixes the city Will justice be served under the new Lifestyle Appropriate Trial an. A sort of future history piece aboutwellI don’t know It took place in a city with a charismatic mayor who tried to do stuff but wasn’t very good at it and really just hid problems andyeah I don’t know This book was not great Or even good I feel like I missed something early but I can’t say the story made me care enough to double check Pass

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The Mere Future Free read Ï 0 ì For a nation that elected Barack Obama as president here is the first novel of the new era The Mere Future by award winning novelist activist and playwright Sarah Schulman set in a utopian or is it dystopic future vision of New York City The city has morphed into what appears to be an idealized version of itself the resD Sentencing SystemSparkling with witty and provocative social commentary The Mere Future is a startling vision of the world to come that blows literary conventions out of the waterThis is Sarah Schulman's twelfth novel; her previous books include Empathy Rat Bohemia and The Child all available from Arsenal Pulp Press Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and two American Library Association Book awards She is a professor of English at City University of New York College of Staten Island. Sarah Schulman’s writing could be the mirror image of Jeanette Winterson’s Winterson’s books tend to start with an intriguing premise and fascinating first half but end a little disappointingly Schulman’s books tend to start off slow but they eventually get in your head and leave you changedThe first half of The Mere Future is slow moving and meandering but in the second half plotlines come together themes coalesce and the story gets under your skinThis is a book for our liberal age As Western citizens we’re supposed to love the system while believing that we’re so above it all We buy cheap crap that was made in sweatshops while at the same time making jokes about our hypocrisy while at the same time seriously believing that this is the best of all possible worlds We’re aware of class division while at the same time not really caring while at the same time justifying justifying always justifying We care about single yes noliberal conservative issues like abortion and gay marriage and pat ourselves on the back for being enlightened but stay away from ugly messy complex controversies where we might actually have to compromise ourselves or take an unpopular stand It’s easy to feel politically superior when we’re told that the alternative is to be Bill O’ReillyThe citizens of the Independent Federation of New York have an even better and liberal society They live in a world with homes for all brand less streets and a robust welfare system while still being able to enjoy the comforts and joys of capitalism Schulman does an excellent job of building up the beautiful and promising shell of this future before peeling it away to reveal a dark coreSchulman is a master at mocking literary writers Harrison Bond was a joy to read rarely sympathetic but utterly understandable and believable His characterization as a pompous self absorbed and unoriginal writer was an awesome parody of so many adulated male writers whose trashy books incomprehensibly get taken seriously seemingly because critics decide they’re “literary” I won’t name any names but you might be able to guess the specific writers I have in mindThis books ended up being strangely heartbreaking like losing your vision for the world or losing someone who can never come back again If you can’t see beyond yourself then you can never experience loss because you can never be attached to anything external It’s people who believe in things who have the power to feel loss and pain and to come out on the other side stronger Or be destroyed This story explores the ways that people get trapped in their own ideas of themselves and the various strategies they use to extinguish flickering moments of self awareness compassion and righteous indignation