Socialist Realism by Trisha Low
When Trisha Low moves west, her journey is motivated by the need to arrive 'somewhere better', someplace utopian, like revolution; or safe, like home; or even clarifying, like identity. Instead, she faces the end of her relationships, a family whose values she has difficulty sharing, and America's casual racism, sexism, and homophobia. In this book-length essay, the problem of how to account for one's life comes to the fore, sliding unpredictably between memory, speculation, self-criticism, and art criticism, Low seeks answers that she knows she won't find.
Attempting to reconcile her desires with her radical politics, she asks: do our quests to fulfill our deepest wishes propel us forward, or keep us trapped in the rubble of our deteriorating world?
Paperback / 168 pages