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The Essential Ellen Willis

Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Abstract

This book gathers writings that span forty years and are both deeply engaged with the times in which they were first published and yet remain fresh and relevant amid today’s seemingly intractable political and cultural battles. Whether addressing the women’s movement, sex and abortion, race and class, or war and terrorism, this book brings to each a distinctive attitude—passionate yet ironic, clear-sighted yet hopeful. Offering a compelling and cohesive narrative of liberationist “transcendence politics,” the chapters here are organized by decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Keywords: women’s movement, sex, abortion, race, class, war, terrorism, transcendence politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Willis, author

Nona Willis Aronowitz, editor

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The Sixties: Up from Radicalism

Introduction

Sara Marcus

Up from Radicalism

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Dylan

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Women and the Myth of Consumerism

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Talk of the Town

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Seventies: Exile on Main Street

Introduction

Irin Carmon

Beginning to See the Light

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Janis Joplin

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Memoirs of a Non–Prom Queen

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Trial of Arline Hunt

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Abortion

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Feminism, Moralism, and Pornography

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Family

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Tom Wolfe’sFailed Optimism

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Velvet Underground

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Next Year in Jerusalem

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Eighties: Coming Down Again

Introduction

Ann Friedman

Toward a Feminist Sexual Revolution

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Lust Horizons

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Last Unmarried Person in America

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Teenage Sex

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Sisters under the Skin?

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Escape from New York

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Coming Down Again

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Drug War

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Drug War

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Diaper Manifesto

Nona Willis Aronowitz

To Emma, with Love

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Nineties: Decade of Denial

Introduction

Cord Jefferson

Ending Poor People As We Know Them

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Rodney King’s Revenge

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Million Man Mirage

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Villains and Victims

Nona Willis Aronowitz

’Tis Pity He’s a Whore

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Is Motherhood Moonlighting?

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Say It Loud

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Bring in the Noise

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Aughts: Our Politics, Ourselves

Introduction

Spencer Ackerman

Why I’m Not for Peace

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Confronting the Contradictions

Nona Willis Aronowitz

The Mass Psychology of Terrorism

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Dreaming of War

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Freedom from Religion

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Our Mobsters, Ourselves

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Is There Still a Jewish Question?

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Ghosts, Fantasies, and Hope

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Escape from Freedom

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Three Elegies for Susan Sontag

Nona Willis Aronowitz

Coda: Selections from “The Cultural Unconscious in American Politics: Why We Need a Freudian Left”

Introduction

Stanley Aronowitz

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