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I actually went through a dystopia phase in late high school, having read 1984, Anthem, Brave New World and a couple of others all around the same time. I missed this one, and it’s been sitting on my shelf for years waiting for me to correct that.

My commentary is a lot of politics. )

Overall: Atwood is a magnificent writer who paints a very vivid story with the emotion-based paint set. It remains a very good reminder not to let the anti-feminist religious nutjobs get power, though the worldbuilding has some significant holes when you really dig into it.
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There’s a McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Subway or Starbucks on every corner. How did they get there and why does it matter?

There's plenty that's broken in America without blaming fast food. )

Overall: He’s trying to scare a change into our culture. I can’t say that I’m particularly scared. This actually made me want to visit a meatpacking plant and some of the big industrial factories (I’ve been to places like the Herrs snack food factory—they’re fascinating), and gave me a craving for French fries.


Jan. 20th, 2009 01:18 pm
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I can haz new prezident?

He said pretty much everything I wanted to hear.

He's a damned good speaker.

Now he needs to follow it up.

Hope-flavored sprinkles for everybody.
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I am saying, as a member of a society where your social status--an accident of birth--determines your success, you have an obligation to give back to those less fortunate.

You are saying, "I've earned what's mine, and I'll do whatever I want with it, you can't decide for me."

I understand that we will not agree about this.


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