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Girls, Visions and Everything: A Novel

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  287 ratings  ·  17 reviews
This reissued novel takes readers on a "wry and playful" (Out!) tour of lesbian sex, politics, and art in New York City. The city's sizzling -- especially at the Kitsch-Inn, where the girls are mounting an all-female production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Paperback, 178 pages
Published August 18th 1999 by Seal Press (first published 1986)
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Sian Lile-Pastore
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I enjoyed this a lot. It's more of a series of encounters and experiences rather than a plot-driven story, which I'm fine with, but it means that it's a bit more of a challenging read. The main character talks a lot about(and reads) 'On the Road' and there is a similarity of style between the beat classic and 'Girls, Visions and Everything', except, notably there's no road, there's just New York City in the early 80s and gentrification and a slice of real life and times. Schulma
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kot
Sarah Schulman writes a love story? I started to get nervous about it. Thank God for the last couple of chapters--you restored my faith in the cynical, snarky, overwhelming and gut-wrenching Schulman.
Tessa
I took notes on my phone so I could remember things from the book! Progress.

My edition of this book was plucked out of a community fair book sale, along with a Muriel Spark book and a collection of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Not a bad haul. It's a love story (for a girl, or several) in an elegy or an elegy (for NYC) as a love story, but I hesitate to say it's elegaic in tone, because one of the great things about reading this was reading the accounts of happy moments, and one of the themes is sta
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Karen
This is a story of a young woman in NYC who is out for adventure but wants to have it without leaving the Lower East Side. Throughout the story she wanders around, has sex, talks to drug dealers, plays hooky from work, and gets a girlfriend. While doing this, she reflects on gentrification (a lot), relationships, the lesbian community, and race. The character had such interesting thoughts, and there were many parts I wanted to underline or copy down somewhere. I loved that it felt light and then ...more
Roy
Apr 06, 2011 Roy added it
Another exhilirating novel from Sarah Schulman. She pulls no punches. Fair is fair...and life for the poor and marginal in the big city (NYC) is not. Brutal's more like the proper descriptive word. Sarah writes about survival, not matter how, no matter what...in a context of the possibility of real celebration and the hope & fear of the possibility of love. The movement and reality of her charaacters is a true recreation of life on life's often awful terms. She grabs you with her urgency and ...more
Isaiah
I picked this book up based on reading one chapter while working. I read a scene between two women in love that was cheesy and perfect. The book was wonderful and true to its characters. It was an easy read and one I would read again just for the writing style. It is not a heart wrenching novel or a very dramatic one, but it is one that I will be passing on to others.
I was hooked after that one scene, but I was constantly being pushed away by the drug use. Though the descriptions of the three m
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Suzanne Moore
Set in 1980s New York, and is about a young woman,a writer, who experiences life with a day-to-day, carefree struggle. She had me wanting to play hooky from work and enjoy spontaneous randomness. Her interactions with other characters were real and the explorations of her thoughts, sexy and admirably poignant. I liked the all-female avant-garde production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Unexpectedly creative...
Heidi
Although I read this for school, I found myself enjoying it enough for it not to feel like homework. I don't know if I would have ever picked this book up without school though. It had about a thousand quotes that I wanted to just tell everyone about though. Good. I liked this.
Nikki
Aug 01, 2007 Nikki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lesbians and friends of lesbians
This is a great book about a lesbian and her neighborhood trying to not grow up but kind of growing up a little anyway. Set in the the East Village of New York in the 1980's a time when being a lesbo and the East Village wasn't as cool as it now.
jessicamax stein
like "on the road" but with lesbians, and a main character one can actually relate to. god bless you, sarah schulman!
Catherine
A beautifully written novel about lesbian and queer life in NYC - theater, politics, gentrification and other issues near and dear to Schulman's heart. Highly recommended read!
Melanie
I enjoyed Sarah Schulman's preface to this reissue/reprint more than I actually did the book itself...
Gloss
The first Schulman I ever read. I need to re-read.
Liz
probs the schulman to read if you haven't read her yet
Sagen
I enjoyed it. It was my first book into the GBLT world.
Uncle
Re-read 27 May 1991.
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Sarah Schulman is a longtime AIDS and queer activist, and a cofounder of the MIX Festival and the ACT UP Oral History Project. She is a playwright and the author of seventeen books, including the novels The Mere Future, Shimmer, Rat Bohemia, After Delores, and People in Trouble, as well as nonfiction works such as The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, My American History: ...more
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