Based on interviews with former Communist Party members, Vivian Gornick’s The Romance of American Communism is a book full of emotional people who struggle to talk about their emotions. It shows how Party commitment gave everyday life an epic dimension — and made political defeats into personal traumas.
Hannah Proctor is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, interested in histories and theories of radical psychiatry.
Agnès Varda’s films evinced a love of, rather than mere fascination with, people.
Why should extravagant pleasures and intense feelings be reserved for the bourgeoisie?