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Thursday, February 11, 2016

When We Were Outlaws Reflections

      At first glance, When We Were Outlaws reads more as a novel, it's almost unreal skimming over Jeanne Cordova's words as she relays her memories of the Tanya Harding scandal. This probably has something to do with collective amnesia, and becoming detached from a history I was not a part of. Jean has a way of making her life seem like something out of a movie script, especially with her role in underground radical newspapers, housing people on the run, and her multiple lovers in her non-monogamous relationship with BeJo. Reading When We Were Outlaws inspires a sense of radicalism, especially when cameos such as Angela Davis popping in and out, leaving the audience with a sense of inadequacy with her strict radicalist ideology (Such as alt. sexual orientations being bourgeoise).
    When We Were Outlaws inspires a sense of activism, seeing Jean Cordova constantly on the run towards injustice. Her involvement in multiple sects of social justice brings a sense of nostalgia for a time when radicalism was the norm amongst marginalized people. She captured the last of the radicals in her novel, smack dab in the middle of two eras as she so eloquently described in the first couple chapters. Her autobiography leaves its audience enamored with her radical politics and quick wit in writing.

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