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A collection of short stories, set among the disappeared and darkened sectors of New York City, about characters who fall prey to an increasingly bureaucratized poverty. Inat the age of twenty-five, Shulamith Firestone wrote and published The Dialectic of Seximmediately becoming a classic of second wave feminism across the world to this very day.
It was one of the A collection of short stories, set among the disappeared and darkened sectors of New York City, about characters who fall prey to an increasingly bureaucratized poverty. 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 startlingly prescient of issues today.
Published by Semiotext e inAirless SpacesFirestone’s first work of fiction, is a collection of short stories written by Firestone as she found herself drifting akrless the professional career path she’d been on and into what she describes as a new “airless space. But what gives characters such as SCUM-Manifesto author Valerie Solanas their depth and charge, is their the small crises that trigger an awareness that they’re in trouble. Some time later, after I had moved to St. Mark’s Place, I saw Valerie in the street.
She asked me for a whulamith, and I saw that she was begging.
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She had lost her apartment, and presumably her welfare. Later, a friend of mine who ran a store on St. Firestine Place said that Valerie had approached him for shelter. She was covered with sores, and wearing only a blanket to beg in. She had been out on the street approximately three months without shelter. Not long after that, she disappeared from the street entirely.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Airless Spacesplease sign up. Airlrss with This Book. Sep 02, JSA Lowe rated it it was ffirestone. Sep 23, jess rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 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.
The stories are organized into bits about being in the hospital, stories about life after the hospital, losers who are mostly people who have been in and out of the hospitalobituaries of people airles have died, and suicides of people the author has known.
And when we say hospital, we mean the mental hospital. Firestonee was fascinated because I have an interest in what happens to radical feminists as they age, when they don’t write a blog series for Bitch magazine and they disappear.
Shulie refers to her successful previous work, The Dialectic of Sex: The Shulaimth for Feminist Revolutionalmost like it happened to someone else.
My favorite story was Firestone’s obituary for Valerie Solanas: She grabbed my book from a narrow shelf above her bed and showed me where she had scored it all over.
I defended myself shulamuth well as I could, and tried to change the subject. I did not see this as a meeting with a fellow theorist. Sep 06, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. I’m still trying to figure out the right way to praise this book The vignettes remind me of Toomer’s Cane, but set in urban spaces and peopled with psychiatric patients.
Airless Spaces by Shulamith Firestone
A beautiful work of keen observation and subtle empathy. Apr 25, Abbyg. 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. Nov 05, Keight rated it really liked it Shelves: Short stories often as brief as one or two paragraphs about people who find themselves in and out of mental hospitals. Sep 02, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 30, Kate Hunc rated it really liked it. Jul 12, Liza added it. Jul 17, Catherine added it. Jul 19, s54 rated it really liked it. The revolution devours its children.
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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.
Inshe authored The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolutionan important and widely influential feminist text. Books by Shulamith Firestone. Trivia About Airless Spaces. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.