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Sarah Schulman is Distinguished Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, USA. She is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian, journalist, and active participation citizen.
Image credit: West Hollywood Book Fair 2009

Værker af Sarah Schulman

Rat Bohemia (1995) 276 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
People in Trouble (1990) 260 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
After Delores (1976) 232 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Empathy (1992) 231 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Girls, Visions and Everything: A Novel (1986) 219 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Sophie Horowitz Story (1984) 149 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences (2009) 112 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Cosmopolitans (2016) 95 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Shimmer (1998) 89 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Child (2007) 62 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

Associated Works

Mændene med den lyserøde trekant (1972) — Forord, nogle udgaver637 eksemplarer, 10 anmeldelser
Women on Women: An Anthology of American Lesbian Short Fiction (1990) — Bidragyder — 253 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women's Anthology (1986) — Bidragyder — 161 eksemplarer
Women on Women 3: A New Anthology of American Lesbian Fiction (1996) — Bidragyder — 109 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Lesbian Love Stories, Volume 2 (1991) — Bidragyder — 88 eksemplarer
A Fictional History of the United States : with Huge Chunks Missing (2006) — Bidragyder — 77 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Things Invisible to See: Gay and Lesbian Tales of Magic Realism (1998) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
Hers: Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbian Writers (1995) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Things That Divide Us: Stories by Women (1985) — Bidragyder — 52 eksemplarer
Circa 2000: Lesbian Fiction at the Millennium (2000) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture (2022) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Best Lesbian Erotica 2014 (2014) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Streetopia (1712) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer

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[b:The Gentrification of the Mind|12798674|The Gentrification of the Mind Witness to a Lost Imagination|Sarah Schulman|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1320526309s/12798674.jpg|17946935] was incredible, but Rat Bohemia gives the lowest point of the AIDS epidemic the emotional depth I'd never quite grasped from the facts. The mid-1990s New York City it paints is saturated with death and friendship and resentment and activism and politics and family and pain and death and death and death.… (mere)
caedocyon | 2 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2024 |
I could not finish this book, despite how much I wanted to.

I think the main premise of the book is excellent. There are a lot of very relatable and meaninful points about how people overstate harm in conflict, and how that creates more problems in our communities.

But the author also makes some pretty ignorant statements, like claiming that all important conversations must happen in person or the person asking for otherwise is being intentionally cruel (I guess she's never talked to Autistic people before), and that requiring content warnings in academic settings is the same thing as censorship.… (mere)
EmberMantles | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jan 1, 2024 |
LizzK | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 8, 2023 |
The Child is about a gay fifteen-year old named Stew. Stew travels to Manhattan in order to meet up with an adult gay couple, David and Joe, that he met online. He has gone to their apartment a few times, and has engaged in sexual activity with them while there. Stew then propositions a police officer in a public restroom, and his world comes crashing down.

The officer convinces Stew to turn in David and Joe through deception. David and Joe are arrested, and because David has a prior conviction, he'll likely get a stiff sentence. The book also follows two attorneys, Hockey and Eva, and Eva's partner, Mary, a playwright who's had little success in NY's theater scene. Hockey is approached by a friend who wants him to represent David. Hockey brings in Eva to assist him.

I'm torn about how I feel about this book. The book is literary LGBT fiction wrapped up in a legal thriller wrapper. The problem is, I don't think it entirely works as either. For starters, most of the dialogue felt inauthentic. It reminded me, in fact, of a pastiche of A.M. Homes and her very weird, but very realistic dialogue. I'm not a fan of legal thrillers, but I've read a few, and this just didn't flow in the same way as legal thrillers I've read. In fact, the tempo felt off. (I can't really explain why. That's just the way I felt).

On the other hand, there was a lot about this book that I liked. The ambiguity of Stew's fate seemed natural, since the fate of any teenager (and gay teenagers in particular) is always ambiguous. I also appreciated that Schulman's treatment of David and Joe's actions was fairly objective. While the characters all seemed to have opinions about it, I didn't get a sense that the author's opinion was presented anywhere in the novel. Were David and Joe pedophiles? Legally, yes. Is growing up different for gay teens and straight teens? Absolutely. Does that make David and Joe's actions appropriate? No. Does it make their actions understandable? Possibly.

For me, though, the book fell apart at its most crucial scene. While I won't give the specifics away, it's fairly obvious that Stew is filled with rage, mostly directed towards his family. When that rage finally erupted, it erased any amount of empathy I had for Stew. I was extremely frustrated by a decision that Mary made late in the book, but I was even more frustrated by Eva's reaction to it. I don't expect tidy endings all wrapped up in a bow. I do expect that decisions characters make have a connection to their thoughts or behaviors earlier in the novel. I also expect characters to demonstrate some emotional depth. Schulman's tone was so objective, that her characters felt flat.

So how do I judge this book. I usually go by three criteria. Did I enjoy reading it, would I read it again, and would I recommend it to specific people. I did enjoy reading it, though I wouldn't read it again. There are too many great books out there to settle down with a mediocre one twice. As to recommending it: I couldn't think of a single friend that I thought would like this book.

This book gave me the impression that while Schulman is an adequate writer, she's neither a good writer nor a great one. But I'll read at least one more of her books to get a better impression of her talent.
… (mere)
dogboi | Sep 16, 2023 |



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