Review: The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination by Sarah Schulman

Every queer in this country owes it to themselves to read this book. I am not an academic, but am a queer writer and an artist. I loved this book and am so glad I bought a hard copy, because I’ll be rereading it.

I have not read such a transformative nonfiction book since reading Pat Califia’s “Public Sex” in 1994. This book is invigorating. There are so many sections that I loved; when she wrote about the dearth of lesbians in literature in chapter six, it was both a knife to the heart and a cry to battle.

This book was short enough not to intimidate me with academia, yet just the right length to compel me to buy Schulman’s new book, “Conflict is not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair.”


About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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