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Airless Spaces

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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 startli ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Semiotext(e)
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jess
Sep 25, 2012 jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ladyish, 2012
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 ...more
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Sep 02, 2012 JSA Lowe rated it it was amazing
Holy fuck. (More here.)
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Apr 27, 2015 Abbyg. rated it it was amazing
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.
Elizabeth
Nov 25, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I'm still trying to figure out the right way to praise this book...more 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.
Ira
Jul 17, 2012 Ira rated it liked it
got it and started it - finished a month later. a painful read.
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The revolution devours its children.
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Heartbreaking.
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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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