book prosperity, july 2014
Emily Gould’s novel Friendship might be the first contemporary book I read that really is contemporary, reflecting some of my (generation’s -?) realities.
In a good way.
As the title indicates the novel is about friendship. Portrayed are two girlfriends & their challenges with work, life, self-fulfilment, love, all kinds of relationships, New York, paying rent, MFAs, all appropriately framed in/with social media activities. The dynamic - despite a lot of depression - is great and keeps you reading reading reading.
There’s one irritating moment, though: when reading the acknowledgements the cat’s name listed there ressembles the cat’s name in the novel (Raffles, Waffles). Wasn’t it a novel after all?
I nearly bought that one two weeks ago.
Anonymous said: Do you dislike liberals? Just curious as to why
Yes, and not because i’m ‘conservative’ or right wing but because it’s an individualist ideology that is part of the ideological hegemony of the ruling classes. It’s focus on the individual and lack of attention to social structures (i.e., institutionalized oppression) renders it useless to counter the root causes of stuff like homophobia, racism, sexism and instead focuses on individual actions and bullshit “reforms” which does nothing to even chip away at deep seated power relations (capitalism, racism, misogyny, transphobia, etc etc). Liberalism essentially views our current state of being as fundamentally just and only in need of tweaking rather a complete transformation of social relations. The whole “conservative vs liberal” distinction is misleading because liberalism as a whole encompasses both and just because it’s slightly more on the ‘progressive’ end doesn’t mean it’s any more effective as combating oppression. This is a very basic overview and i probably missed some stuff but yeah. Also we can get into why i oppose liberal versions of ‘equality’ and how liberal goals of ‘equality’ are BS, etc etc but if you wanna message me again off anon or something we can talk more
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I struggle to explain to people that think I’m liberal why that is not so, simply because I feel so strongly about identity expression, access to services, infrastructure and visibility, classism, media manipulation, language and state-sanctioned violence.
It’s liberalism in the sense that it is more “progressive” than most worldviews in America, but it’s like the difference between hiking a mountain and driving to the base. Conservatives won’t even make the trip out, but liberals will simply stand at the bottom and think the next hillcrest is the highest one. it’s extremely disheartening, especially when liberals get scared of you or angry when you do not fit into their default MSNBC/Upworthy/Rolling Stone “leftist” worldview. You see their eyes go wide and they giggle uncomfortably, or worse, just nod and change the subject, when you suggest prison slavery is disgusting and archaic. They get nervous and dismissive. According to Mainstream Political America and the fear machines running both sides, the standard levels of political leanings break down as: Conservative, Liberal, and Timothy McVeigh.