on December 5, 2009
"The Mere Future" is a fascinating book that has achieved the brevity and flow of a novella without sacrificing any complexity or realism. It has always been an impossible endeavor for a blurb to avoid giving short shrift to such a masterful creation, so be advised, it's about more than just a dystopic society. The richness of the book stems from Sarah Schulman's innate cleverness and talent at transforming the mundane into effortless imagery and engaging dialogue. You'll need a sharp eye and urbanized sense of humor to fully grasp the witticisms that Schulman appears to spin with the ease of a weaver at her loom on autopilot.
This is the first of Schulman's art that I have enjoyed and it will not be the last. Her writing mesmerized me; as I investigated the author I was left bewildered at how such an incredible writer, perceptive citizen and thinker could exist in relative obscurity (except for a seemingly intense and loyal niche following). Let's face it: most people wear Banal as a perfume and much of what is produced and consumed in American art is trivial, mediocre and entirely inconsequential. Schulman's book did more than entertain, forecast and ruminate - her denouement wasn't entirely tragic, as her writing serves to reinvigorate the literary scene for posterity.
Unabashedly, 5 stars! (This is the first review I have ever bothered to plink out, for a restaurant, product, or tome.)
on October 12, 2009
Sarah Schulman's new novel, The Mere Future, continues to push the literary envelope, while keeping plenty of the wit and energy that characterizes all of her work. Thoughtful, philosphical, she's like a queer lady Milan Kundera or an accessible Jeanette Winterson.