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Set in a dystopian near-future, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed is a novel - a kind of post-capitalist soap opera - about a group of people who regularly attend 'the meetings.' At the meetings they have agreed to talk, and only talk, about how to re-ignite the left, for fear if they were to do more, if they were to actually engage in real acts of ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published September 9th 2010 by Pedlar Press
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Jacob Wren
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Reviews that can be found on the internet:
http://radicalcut.blogspot.ca/2012/01...

And an excerpt:
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Lynne
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Everything Jacob Wren touches and interests me, excites me -- he's both sophisticated and innocent in attitude -- he's a kind of wise old man and open-hearted lover. With his vivacious ideas, word play, and the serious and inane served up on a plate -- Wren lifts my spirits, intellectual and other, because to know he's writing so beautifully in this mad, sad world is a wonderful thing.
Jason Pettus
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Rarely does a book come along with a strong academic bent that really blows me away; but man, it sure was the case with Jacob Wren's Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed, the first of several books I recently received from Canadian small publisher Pedlar Press. And that's because Wren manages
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Jessica Bell
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ok, despite not being a politically aware person - AT ALL - I really enjoyed this. I was hooked immediately. The style of writing is not commercial at all, and I think that's what drew me in. I was curious. Very curious. And it kept me up at night longer than usual because it kept me curious.

Ask me what it's about? Um, its hard to summarise in a few short sentences without sounding boring, because it's actually quite stunningly plotless. It's a plotless page turner. That is just genius in my
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Once again, I'm going to NOT give a rating. This is often the case in reviews I write of poetry bks & somewhat less often in the case of fiction - wch is what this is. When I don't rate something I read it's usually b/c any rating that I give it will be misleading. If I gave this a 5 star rating I'd be implying that I consider it to be on par w/ Joyce's "Finnegans Wake", eg, wch I don't. If I give it 4 stars it might convey the enthusiasm I had when reading it but still overrate it. It I ...more
Daniel
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
lifestyle-activism, completely devoid of any actual political contributions
painfully long, straight dude menage a trois fantasy
i stopped writing when i was twenty for fear of writing something exactly like this
it's well-written, but feels like a danielle steele novel for the mustache and doc martin scene
Grady
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are not necessarily true.'

Jacob Wren writes and thinks and expresses and challenges so well that he is an artist that simply cannot be ignored. REVENGE FANTASIES OF THE POLITICALLY DISPOSSESSED is a novel, a well-crafted story with indelible characters that draw the reader into the story with the power of magnets, but it is so very much more. This book is a compelling examination of the empire of capitalism and the possible direction of the future
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Giovanni Gelati
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it

I am enjoying the feedback I am getting from bringing this part of the week here @ The Scoop. I try to bring as many authors to the forefront as I can. As I was discussing with Thomas White during our Wednesday blogtalk interview (feel free to listen to the archived show) there are many excellent authors out there waiting to find an audience. Today I would like to present two: this and later on today The Chinese Conspiracy by John Mariotti. Different, unique, humorous, I can continue on, but let
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Daniel
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read it because I saw Jacob Wren at some theatrical event in Latvia. He had a presentation about cooperation, capitalism or something like that, but what I really remembered was his very exact way with words. So when his book came out I ordered it right away and was not disappointed. It's a witty, pessimistic, emotional book about political activism, disillusionment and besides that, art.
Nikki
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Narrative how narrative was meant to be written, and read. Brutally darkly comic indictment of the political left’s successes and failures. Starkly realistic depiction of human sexual interaction and its fallouts.
Eugene
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
different things get you: some sections romantic and conceptually smart, others filled with a carefully self-doubting and insightful political analysis. but the aspect that i most admired was an honesty and willingness for risk that's hard to pinpoint but which was very moving.
Tuck
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
pedlar press, one to watch. Wren's 7 part interconnected novel is a cynical and sarcastic view of an unnamed superpower that is out of control with hubris, greed, and Orwellian logic of violence, but let's face it, this is about usa, and death throes(?) of capitalism. my kinda fiction :)
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Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include Polyamorous Love Song, Rich and Poor and Authenticity is a Feeling. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created performances such as: En français comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize, Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and ...more
“The almost complete, but temporary, loss of self that was involved - a loss of self present in all intense sexual encounters - doubled as an open door through which one could enter new areas of thought, as if one had left one’s old self behind, as if within this new, amorphous territory, in which one was no longer one’s previous self but had not yet become anything else, infinite modes of discovery became possible. The intimacy of our nakedness made us feel, or at least gave the illusion, that we were so much more directly engaged, both in dialogue with the larger world of ideas and with each other. This directness of being intertwined, exhausted and sated, of drifting in and out of sleep and having the strains of our discussions, of our nighty lessons, freely intermixed with half-remembered dreams forms the basis for a different kind of learning, learning that enters not only through the mind but also through skin and sweat and pores. In this way ideas are divested of their previously cold abstraction and instead gain heat, momentum and complicity. This is the deep learning, and there is no conduit for it other than one’s intimate and ongoing personal experience.” 1 likes
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