Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"The End of San Francisco is the opposite of nostalgia"

Oh, my – I cried so much reading this gorgeous interview by Jessica Hoffmann in the Los Angeles Review of Books. To speak, to be heard, to search, to fail, to hope, to fail again, to search more...

Jessica says, in part:

"Can memoir be honest, emotionally or otherwise? Is counterculture actually possible as a way to live? What happens to those who dream of a radical queer community when the dream fails? Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s latest book, The End of San Francisco, is a despairing memoir of loss — the loss of the dream of radical queer San Francisco, the loss of formative friendships, the loss of personal and political innocence. Written in a free-associative style and merging personal and social history, it is — like all of Sycamore’s work — innovative both formally and politically… The End of San Francisco is the opposite of nostalgia. Nostalgia is fundamentally conservative, and its conservatism is often embedded in the form in which stories are told. The End of San Francisco seems to me radical, not just in content, but formally, in insisting on other ways of remembering and documenting."

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