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The LGBT agenda, for too long, has been dominated by pragmatic issues like same-sex marriage and gays in the military. It has been stifled by this myopic focus on the present, which is short-sighted and assimilationist. 

Cruising Utopia seeks to break the present stagnancy by cruising ahead. Drawing on the work of Ernst Bloch, Jose Esteban Muñoz recalls the queer past for guidance in presaging its future. He considers the work of seminal artists and writers such as Andy Warhol, LeRoi Jones, Frank O'Hara, Ray Johnson, Fred Herko, Samuel Delany, and Elizabeth Bishop, alongside contemporary performance and visual artists like Dynasty Handbag, My Barbarian, Luke Dowd, Tony Just, and Kevin McCarty in order to decipher the anticipatory illumination of art and its uncanny ability to open windows to the future. 

In a startling repudiation of what the LGBT movement has held dear, Muñoz contends that queerness is instead a futurity bound phenomenon, a "not yet here" that critically engages pragmatic presentism. Part manifesto, part love-letter to the past and the future, Cruising Utopia argues that the here and now are not enough and issues an urgent call for the revivification of the queer political imagination.

©2009 New York University (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 04-07-20

The worst narration ever

So devoid of human intonation and delivery that it's really hard to understand. Such a shame as I don't have time to read books all the time and I really wanted to get as much out of this as possible.

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  • 02-21-20

Narration is horrific

This is such an important and beautiful book for anyone interested in Queer philosophy and theory. But the narrators, Paul Boehmer, voice sounds like Google translate. It’s so hard to listen to and get anything from. I’ve listened to about 20 minutes and that’s it. Thoroughly disappointed.