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In This All-at-Onceness, Julie Wittes Schlack takes us on her vivid, personal journey through the political and cultural movements that have shaped every generation from the Baby Boomers to the Parkland kids. She examines the unlikely and twisting relationship between idealism and engineering that has promised a future of progress and hope, but only occasionally delivered on it, and asks why. Her tale begins in 1967, when both the "Summer of Love" and "Our World," the first live broadcast to and from the entire globe, created a sense that a compassionate, progressive global village was in the making. Through the civil rights and ant-war movements to the birth of Second Wave feminism, from the wintery '70s to the shiny rise of corporate culture in the '80s, from the democratic early days of the Web to today's social surveillance state, Wittes Schlack tells a story about idealistic energy and how it travels through time. Personal and political, intimate and informative, bracing and comic, these linked essays take us to an abortion mill in rural Quebec, the Michigan home of numerous UFO sightings, an abandoned Shaker village, the dust-clogged air of garment sweatshops in Allentown, a philanthropic corporate breakfast, and a series of dystopian market research conferences. They ask: Are we at the gates of the digital Promised Land? Or are we exiles wandering in the desert with only tweeting Kardashians for company?
Julie Wittes Schlack is a regular contributor to "Cognoscenti," an online journal of ideas and opinions, and a former book reviewer for the Boston Globe. Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals such as Shenandoah, The Writer's Chronicle, Ninth Letter, and Mashable. As a founder and senior vice president of C Space (formerly Communispace Corporation), the $100 million company that was the first and leading provider of market research online communities, she has both the credentials to tell this story and the platform on which to promote it.
"A thoughtful, witty, and evocative recollection of a life and the convictions that energized it." --Kirkus Reviews - starred review