Airless Spaces

Airless Spaces

Shulamith Firestone / Dec 06, 2019
Airless Spaces A collection of short stories set among the disappeared and darkened sectors of New York City about characters who fall prey to an increasingly bureaucratized poverty In at the age of twenty f
  • Title: Airless Spaces
  • Author: Shulamith Firestone
  • ISBN: 9781570270826
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of short stories, set among the disappeared and darkened sectors of New York City, about characters who fall prey to an increasingly bureaucratized poverty.In 1970, at the age of twenty five, Shulamith Firestone wrote and published The Dialectic of Sex, immediately becoming a classic of second wave feminism across the world to this very day It was one of theA collection of short stories, set among the disappeared and darkened sectors of New York City, about characters who fall prey to an increasingly bureaucratized poverty.In 1970, at the age of twenty five, Shulamith Firestone wrote and published The Dialectic of Sex, immediately becoming a classic of second wave feminism across the world to this very day It was one of the few books that dared to look at how radical feminism could and should shape the future and one whose predictions the cybernetic revolution, for example proved startlingly prescient of issues today Published by Semiotext e in 1998, Airless Spaces, Firestone s first work of fiction, is a collection of short stories written by Firestone as she found herself drifting from the professional career path she d been on and into what she describes as a new airless space These deadpan stories, set among the disappeared and darkened sectors of New York City, are about losers who fall prey to an increasingly bureaucratized poverty and find themselves in an out of mental hospitals But what gives characters such as SCUM Manifesto author Valerie Solanas their depth and charge, is their the small crises that trigger an awareness that they re in trouble Some time later, after I had moved to St Mark s Place, I saw Valerie in the street She asked me for a quarter, and I saw that she was begging She had lost her apartment, and presumably her welfare Later, a friend of mine who ran a store on St Mark s Place said that Valerie had approached him for shelter She was covered with sores, and wearing only a blanket to beg in She had been out on the street approximately three months without shelter Not long after that, she disappeared from the street entirely.
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      • Shulamith Firestone

        Shulamith Firestone also called Shulie was a Jewish, Canadian born feminist She was a central figure in the early development of radical feminism, having been a founding member of the New York Radical Women, Redstockings, and New York Radical Feminists In 1970, she authored The Dialectic of Sex The Case for Feminist Revolution, an important and widely influential feminist text.

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    1. This book is technically a collection of short stories but if we re being perfectly honest, it reads like a memoir told in quick vignettes Reading this book is emotionally wearing There are a lot of intense, sad stories and people It peels the muscles of your heart apart Debilitating mental illness is pretty much the major and only theme through this book The stories are organized into bits about being in the hospital, stories about life after the hospital, losers who are mostly people who have [...]



    2. Short stories often as brief as one or two paragraphs about people who find themselves in and out of mental hospitals Though theoretically fiction, they are clearly written directly from Shulamith Firestone s own experiences, and Susan Faludi referred to them as autobiographical vignettes in her posthumous profile of Firestone, Death of a Revolutionary Read on my booklog


    3. I m still trying to figure out the right way to praise this book people should read it The vignettes remind me of Toomer s Cane, but set in urban spaces and peopled with psychiatric patients A beautiful work of keen observation and subtle empathy.


    4. How a book this short can both feel so long and cause a reader so much damage is pretty amazing Ends like a piano falling on you.







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