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Airless Spaces Paperback – March 1, 1998
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In the century I'm most familiar with, the 20th, the explosion was never-ending, the pieces tinier and tinier. Shulamith Firestone, in her radical insider's tale, informs us repeatedly like lightly pelting rain that all of us are vanishing in a century of institutions that take and take until everyone has gone away and there's no one left to shut the door.(Eileen Myles)
This book comes out of a long lonely adventure. A season in hell. The result is a series of devastating observations made entirely without rhetoric. It operates like a parable—deceptively simple and stark, almost imagistic as little pieces fits together with little pieces, pretending to be about small outcast lives when in fact it is an encyclopedia of our age—a harrowing record of what really goes on among us where the wounds of life bring on the invasion of institutions which inflict still more suffering—a stifling atmosphere of isolations where souls are automatically and needlessly lost. This is a prophetic book with enormous consequences since the airless paces multiply now and begin to take over.(Kate Millet)
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Her book, AIRLESS SPACES, is a kind of an autobiographical summary of her life after she became ill and deals with the boredom of life in mental hospitals (how to get along, what to do to get released) and life outside (the difficulties of staying alive on the outside; would it be better to be re-hospitalized?) There are also sections dealing with acquaintances (friends would really be too strong a term) she had met during her hospitalizations as well as a few reminiscences on her past.
It would be inaccurate to categorize Firestone’s writings in this book as short stories, as they are much too short (one is only 2 paragraphs while many are only 2 or 3 pages long) and too underdeveloped to consider them as such. Rather, they are more vignettes – postcards so to speak – showing small pictures, slices of a sad and disturbing life.
Firestone’s writing is eloquent and honest, but there gets to be a sameness to the postcards. How many ways can you describe the proper way to act in a mental ward in two pages? Yet there are more than a few of these snapshots in the book.
I felt AIRLESS SPACES, though it is a short and easily read book, became somewhat repetitious towards the end. I’m glad I read it, but wouldn’t again, and find it hard to rate.
I think four stars mostly because of Firestone’s literary skill and her unstinting honesty.
AIRLESS SPACES IS A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES ,EACH ONE EXQUISITE AND HEARTRENDING. THE AUTHOR SHULAMITH FIRESTONE GAVE US THE CLASSIC FEMINIST WORK THE DIALECTIC OF
SEX,IN THE 1970'S. NOW SHE USES HER GENUIS TO REVEAL THE LIVES OF THOSE CAST OUTOF THE MAINSTREAM THROUGH ILLNESS AND HARD LUCK. EACH TALE INTRODUCES US TO AN
INDIVIDUAL STRUGGLING AGAINST THE MOLOCH OF A SYSTEM THAT DEVOURS THOSE WEAKENED BY INHUMANE TREATMENT. I LOVE THIS TINY GEM.