Fiction. The definitive new edition of an underground classic. THE ANARCHIST'S GIRLFRIEND walks the Bowery in early 1980's New York City and absorbs the atmosphere and emotions of those around her. Both mystic and blank canvas, the AG's encounters reflect her society—art, politics, business, religion. Inspired by Dostoyevsky's divine Idiot, the AG is a clairvoyant Brooklyn Go-Go Girl who designs clothes of the future. Delightfully retro and powerfully prescient, the novel satirizes New York's bohemian underground and the America of any time. The AG's roommates include her beloved Anarchist, a silkscreen artist who wants to resolve Ireland's "troubles" with organic food, and nihilistic Sandy, a video vérité switchboard operator. The story also involves the Llama, who's in the religion business, and his employee, Wayne, a deaf mute journalist with a nose for truth. As passion and hypocrisy erupt in a cloud of dust, character becomes destiny in this novel of ideas. The AG must save her imperiled city. And in the end, innocence is not lost but transcended.
Susan I. Weinstein is a writer, playwright, and painter. PARADISE GARDENS, an Orwellian speculative fiction, was written in the 1980s. It was read in-progress, at the original Dixon Place and at Darinka, whose archive is now part of NYU's Fales Library and Special Collections. Pelekinesis published the new definitive editions of THE ANARCHIST'S GIRLFRIEND (2016) and PARADISE GARDENS (2017), previously serialized by maglomaniac.com. TALES OF THE MER FAMILY ONYX: MERMAID STORIES ON LAND AND UNDER THE SEA came out in a new edition by Pelekinesis in 2017. Susan's short fiction and poetry have appeared in literary magazines, such as The Metric and The Portable Lower East Side. Currently, she is at work on a WWII novel based on blacked out V-mail.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA