The Mere Future

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Fiction - 244 pages
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From the nation that elected Barack Obama in the flames of economic disaster comes the first novel of the New Era, The Mere Future, by award-winning novelist, activist, and playwright Sarah Schulman. In this dystopian vision, New York City has morphed into an idealized version of itself, the result of what the newly elected mayor calls The Big Change. Rent is cheap, homelessness is over, and everyone works in Marketing. Despite the utopian surface, however, there is a disturbing malaise that infects the population. Our heroine, a lowly copywriter, and her girlfriend Nadine just want to fall in love all over again, but can't help noticing that the social packaging may not be recyclable.
 

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On the one hand, this is a thoughtful essay about modern culture, the effects of the internet, and the tension between the values we think we hold versus the ones we'll actually defend. On the other ... Read full review

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I thought I was going to dislike this book at first. It was written very obtusely, hard to understand and seemingly confusing for the sake of confusion. However, my perseverance paid off, as the plot ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
18
Section 4
28
Section 5
37
Section 6
41
Section 7
52
Section 8
56
Section 24
135
Section 25
137
Section 26
140
Section 27
143
Section 28
151
Section 29
155
Section 30
157
Section 31
161

Section 9
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Section 10
68
Section 11
73
Section 12
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Section 13
85
Section 14
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Section 15
93
Section 16
100
Section 17
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Section 18
109
Section 19
114
Section 20
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Section 21
122
Section 22
126
Section 23
131
Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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Section 44
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About the author (2010)

Sarah Schulman is the author of eleven previous books, including eight novels, the latest being The Child (2006). As a journalist, her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Interview. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and two American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Awards. She lives in New York.

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