The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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"Sarah Schulman, as always, hits the nail on the head. I can't imagine a more insightful probe into gentrification and its inhumane consequences. Everyone needs to read this book."―Martin Duberman, author of Stonewall

“Sarah Schulman's
The Gentrification of the Mind is a bulwark against the collective loss of memory. AIDS, gentrification, the struggle for gay rights, the class war that has driven entire communities of artists, immigrants, and outsiders from the neighborhoods they created―all these things have been erased by the official culture. Schulman's book will make you rage and weep, and then―just maybe―organize.”―Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

"Hard-headed, sensitive, and informed, this book will make the confused world of urban redevelopment and gentrification make notably more sense. Schulman has a mind as clear as a bell in evening. You'll be glad you read it. I was."―Samuel R. Delany, author of
Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Review

“This bracing, powerful, and well-reasoned work reaffirms the author’s stature as a distinctive American woman of letters. . . . Highly recommended.” (Richard Drezen Library Journal 2012-03-02)

“The book that’s inspired me more than any other this year is Sarah Schulman’s Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, a razor-sharp memoir of New York in the heyday of the AIDS crisis.” (Jason King
Slate 2012-12-26)

“Teeming with ideas, necessary commentary, refreshing connections and examination of the status quo.” (
Lambda Literary 2012-03-13)

“A brilliant critique of contemporary culture. . . . This is the most important book of the year.” (Jeff Miller
Cult MTL 2012-12-27)

“Schulman’s personal recollections... are sharp and vivid.” (
Gay & Lesbian Review/Worldwide 2012-08-01)

“This is a very good, very sad book about the aftershock of the AIDS crisis in New York. Schulman is a truly gifted thinker.” (Alex Frank
Fader Magazine 2012-05-18)

“The author, a true woman of letters, makes a persuasive case.” (Roberto Friedman
Bay Area Reporter 2012-03-15)

“This is why the book is so successful and demands our attention: through a focus on the pulse of the queer community (of the 80s), it touches upon the individual condition (of today).” (Marcie Bianco
Velvetpark 2012-03-20)

“A polemic, a passionate, provocative . . . account of disappearance, forgetfulness and untimely death.” (Olivia Laing
New Statesman 2013-03-07)

"The most rousing thing I've read this year." (Jessa Crispin
Bookslut 2013-07-14)

"It's that time of year, when everyone is compiling their Best Of 2013 lists. . . . Do we even need to say again, that Sarah Schulman wins the year with Gentrification of the Mind?" (Jessa Crispin
Bookslut 2013-11-06)

“No book has rocked my world in recent times more than Sarah Schulman’s ‘The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination’ . . . [it ranks] among the best alternative histories published in the last 50 years.” (Don Shewey
Culturevulture.net 2012-05-21)

“A galvanizing account of the transformation, both external and mental, in New York City life.” (Emily Douglas
Los Angeles Review Of Books 2012-06-08)

“The essence of what Schulman calls gentrification is to pretend that privilege and difference do not exist and that any attempt to remember that they do is mere ‘political correctness’ rather than facing up to the reality to who does what to whom. To forget these things, is to deceive ourselves—and Schulman’s harsh, bitter prose is a useful way of waking ourselves up.” (Roz Kaveney
Times Literary Supplement (TLS) 2012-04-13)

“It’s a beautifully written screed (not a bad word in my books). . . . Schulman shines when she taps her deep knowledge of the AIDS movement. . . . She can be brilliant.” (Susan G. Cole
Now 2012-03-08) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B006K67MIQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of California Press; 1st edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 6, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 399 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Sarah Schulman is the author of novels, nonfiction books, plays and movies. Forthcoming in May 2021, LET THE RECORD SHOW: A Political History of ACT UP, NY 1987-1993 (FSG). Her most recent novels are MAGGIE TERRY and THE COSMOPOLITANS,(The Feminist Press) which was picked as one of the "Best Books of 2016" by Publishers' Weekly, and a nonfiction book CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair (Arsenal). She recently published ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL from Duke University Press, THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: WItness to a Lost Imagination by University of California Press, the paperback of TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences and the paperback edition of her novel THE MERE FUTURE from Arsenal Pulp.Previous novels are THE CHILD, SHIMMER, EMPATHY, RAT BOHEMIA, PEOPLE IN TROUBLE, AFTER DELORES, GIRLS VISIONS AND EVERYTHING and THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY. Her nonfiction titles are TIES THAT BIND: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, STAGESTRUCK:Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America, and MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years. A working playwright, her productions include: CARSON McCULLERS (published by Playscripts Ink), MANIC FLIGHT REACTION and the theatrical adaptation of Isaac Singer's ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY. As a screenwriter, her films include THE OWLS (co-written with director Cheryl Dunye)- Berlin Film Festival 2010, MOMMY IS COMING (co-written with director Cheryl Dunye)- Berlin Film Festival selection 2011. and JASON AND SHIRLEY, directed by Stephen Winter (Museum of Modern Art). She is co-producer with Jim Hubbard of his feature documentary UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP. As a journalist, her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Interview. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwrighting, a Fullbright in Judaic Studies, two American Library Association Book Awards, and is the 2009 recipient of the Kessler Prize for sustained contribution to LGBT studies. Sarah is Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York, College of State Island, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. A member of the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, Sarah is faculty advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine at The College of Staten Island. She lives in New York.

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