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Russell Jacoby on utopianism

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What’s the buzz? A rock opera Burning Man!

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“Small, taken one by one, but my god,/ together!”

“This stage was really hell — the fracas of an el / to downtown Boston”

The copious spirit of a public intellectual and unlikely youth-culture avatar.

Should Democrats look to video games for inspiration?

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A vision of knowledge and cooperation, taken by the wind.

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A scene from BEACH PARTY (1963)

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Skepticism, cynicism, irony, and contempt vs. the BIP

A scene from WILD IN THE STREETS (1968)

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Is the thought of a noncapitalist utopia even possible after Stalinism?

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He produced lovely typewriters and radical theories of decentralized power.

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Help the Open Utopia project get past the prototype stage!

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Joshua Glenn on a panel from TALES TO ASTONISH (1962)

His Mumbo Jumbo promised: “We will make our own future Text.”

Zamyatin’s We isn’t anti-utopian, but anti-anti-utopian.

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Godzilla in Poland; Radium-Age schoolchildren

“I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”

He was a martyr in the cause of absurdism and ’pataphysics.

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Why are lowbrow utopias haunted by quatsch?

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“‘Grow up!’ — that is the motto of Highbrow.”

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Utopia Minus X (1966), by Rex Gordon

Aldous Huxley

This pedigreed, highbrow dystopian was a godfather of the Sixties.

Rhapsodic, recondite philosopher of music, hope, and Stalin.