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LOOSE. A Novel

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Title: LOOSE. A Novel
Authors: Yogi, Christopher
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: New York City-a political epicenter. New York City: the commercial and financial powerhouse of America. New York City: the cultural innovator of modem times. New York City is an obelisk, one that has represented democracy, capitalism, and freedom. Yet, during the 1970s, New York City experienced a sudden fall from grace. The nationwide rebellion in the 1960s had among other things mistrusted capitalism and the power structures of America, and led many Americans to view New York City with disgust-the prime example of the greed and authority that they were struggling against. Other Americans saw NYC as a decadent, hedonistic world, with no values or duties. When you add the colossal city fiscal mismanagement to the picture, it was not long before New York City became a city that symbolized decay and neglect, and commanded very little sympathy. NYC still went on functioning, but due to these challenges, in the 1970s the city went through some of its worse times in recent history. Loose takes place in New York City during this distinctive decade, and its inhabitants, my characters, are constantly assessing their relationship to the city, and reflecting on how the city is affecting who they think they are. Grown largely out of research on the 1970s punk community, my artists, musicians, and poets represent a group that both parallels and results from the city's degradation. These individuals were not necessarily rebelling against society or against the government, but they were all striving to fulfill some deeply felt needs: self- expression, independence, self-determination. They were channeling New York City to fulfill their own desires. They were also often eccentric, unstable, and energetic. In Loose, I try to capture the emotion and the volatility that characterized this period in New York's history.
Pages/Duration: 254 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/31861
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