Jokes about the Rapture express a deeper anxiety about the decidedly apocalyptic times we live in, expressing some of the often unacknowledged uncertainty about the sustainability of our current system of living.
The austerity narratives of deficit reduction are everywhere, but the facts show that this is a false story deployed cynically to decimate the welfare state and the reduction of taxes for the super-rich.
“The absolute limit of what bourgeois feminism can offer us is terminal exhaustion and a cupboard full of beautiful shoes.”
When I mentioned I was reviewing this book this week, several bookish friends immediately asked, “does literature need a defense?”
Each of these books in their own way addresses the questions of inequality, and the need for practical action to create a fairer, more just world.
There is nothing good to be gained from the hysterical, violent acting out of the infantile fantasies of complete assimilation or complete removal of immigration populations.