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By Choire Sicha | Comments: ( 126 ) | Date: ( May 31, 2020 )

What will the future make of us In one of the greatest cities in the world, the richest man in town is the Mayor Billionaires shed apartments like last season s fashion trends, even as the country s economy turns inside out and workers are expelled from the City s glass towers The young and careless go on as they always have, getting laid and getting laid off, falling inWhat will the future make of us In one of the greatest cities in the world, the richest man in town is the Mayor Billionaires shed apartments like last season s fashion trends, even as the country s economy turns inside out and workers are expelled from the City s glass towers The young and careless go on as they always have, getting laid and getting laid off, falling in and falling out of love, and trying to navigate the strange world they traffic in the Internet, complex financial markets, credit cards, pop stars, microplane cheese graters, and sex apps.A true life fable of money, sex, and politics, Very Recent History follows a man named John and his circle of friends, lovers, and enemies It is a book that pieces together our every day, as if it were already forgotten.

  • Title: Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City
  • Author: Choire Sicha
  • ISBN: 9780061914300
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover

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  • Stephanie Sun

    Once (2013 A.D.) there was a reader, who was also a writer. (This was towards the end of the brief period when most countries with developed literatures considered writers and readers to be entirely separate classes of people because the high cost of operating printing presses and distributing and storing new longform narrative texts for sale limited mass distribution of new longform narrative texts to a finite number each year, leading to a small population of published writers writing for a mu [...]

  • Roxane

    This book has a really interesting concept but it strains at book length. The writing is, at times, beautifully incisive, but it also feels a bit condescending because the core audience for this book already knows what Sicha is talking about here and probably shares his palpable anger. It all becomes too repetitive, too earnest. The characters are largely indistinct and, though it pains me to say this, at times, I felt like I was reading the man's version of Girls, because this seems to take pla [...]

  • Sarah Beth

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from HarperCollins. Very Recent History is a non-fiction account that follows the lives and adventures of John, a recent college graduate living in New York City in the economic downturn of 2008, and his large group of male friends. I found the book jacket summary of this book very misleading. It does not adequately describe the unusual writing style, nor does it reveal that John and all of the men mentioned are gay. There's a lot of gay sex and reference to gay [...]

  • Patrick Brown

    This both a snapshot of New York City circa 2009 -- the height of the financial crisis, with layoffs looming like hurricanes over every desk -- and the story of a guy named John. It is also the debut of a tremendously original voice in fiction. Sicha has cultivated his own idiosyncratic style through years of online writing at Gawker and The Awl (of which he's co-founder), and the confidence of his style shows through here. Some may find the almost bewildering dialog at bar and party scenes (of [...]

  • guiltlessreader

    I suffered through this. I found it tedious; it felt like required reading. There were glimpses of what I think would be considered innovative or novel, but the payoff never really came for me. I probably just didn't get it. Check out the FULL REVIEW on my blog Guiltless Reading

  • Meave

    It is so so so good. It's like magical and mundane and beautiful and sad and nuts. I love it so much. His language is so careless and so precise, and the decisions he makes about what elements of modern life to explain and which to let go are so interesting to see and wonder about, and the people and the dialog feel so accurate. It's so funny and weird and great. Read it.

  • Peter Knox

    A fan of Choire's writing (Awl reader since Day One) and having lived this same 2009 year in NYC, I was interested in seeing things from his third-party perspective. He does not disappoint in class rage, matters of (little) money, the types of conversation one has amongst peers, and the rather existential dread that the City can create amongst the drifters looking for a perfect job/apartment/partner, knowing that to have even two of those would be an upgrade. Choire's at his best when explaining [...]

  • A

    Though the billing of this book as nonfiction reportage seems implausible and unnecessary (did Dawn Powell's skewering of the downtown demimonde sting any less because it was fictional? Did Candace Bushnell's?), I think it's actually true. Investigative journalism with its transcripts and archival research is the only thing that could explain how fucking to a T Choire Sicha nailed what my life was like in 2009. I mean are you fucking kidding me? Down to the littlest detail, this is how I spent a [...]

  • Elaine

    This is unreal. I've written a full review of this book 3 times, and 3 times, it hasn't posted. Well, this time I'll limit myself to saying that I'm not an objective reader, because Choire is an old and dear friend, and I'm very happy for him that this book has been published.I'll also say that the central device of viewing 21st century metropolitan capitalism and mores through the dry lens of a distant future works beautifully. The distance permits us to see just how much is contingent in thing [...]

  • David Dinaburg

    I thought this book was one thing, and when it turned out to be something else entirely I wasn’t particularly pleased; it occasionally slide back into my a priori expectations so I withheld judgment, picking at each page with my nose held daintily aloft, like a secret Star Trek fan at a weekend convention they are “Just attending because my nerdy friend wants to.” By the end of Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City, though, I was swept up i [...]

  • Hank Stuever

    I’m a tiny, tiny bit acquainted with Choire Sicha (in the mutual-friends/Twitter sense, though we’ve never met) and certainly an admirer of his work for many years, so there’s that. “Very Recent History” is an interesting experiment in nonfiction, testing the idea that really big subjects (the economy; the wealth gap; the Great Recession) can be interpreted and even magnified in the stories of everyday lives of citizens (in this case, a bunch of self-absorbed gay men in their 20s scrap [...]

  • Lynn

    Today’s Non-fiction post is on “Very Recent History: An entirely factual account of a year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City” by Choire Sicha. It is 240 pages long and is published by Harper Publishing. The cover has a picture of The City looking up between the buildings to a grey sky with the title and author information in a purple rectangle in the center. There is strong language, talk about sex and sexuality but no violence in this book; 18 and up just to be safe. It is told from an odd thi [...]

  • AK

    Choire Sicha is a gifted writer and a perceptive observer of the NYC media landscape, which sometimes people mistake as being an omniscient observer of all of New York. Sicha is way too smart to make that claim, and throws in a few sentences to signify that he knows the group of young gay guys that make up the 'characters' of this book are not even close to a representative slice of the city. I mean, this book takes place in 2009 and focuses on a bunch of people who are afraid of Brooklyn! (Fun [...]

  • Chris Talbot

    This book describes a 20-something gay journalist in NYC and his adventures (or lack thereof). The main themes the author communicated to me are the following:The city is expensive, and there are a lot of rich people there who have more than you, and them having more than you reminds you of what you don't have. The gay bar scene of the younger than 30 set. He nails it as a repetitive ritual of intoxication and make out sessions with people you probably shouldn't be making out with, and who you p [...]

  • Rebecca Saxon

    I love the originality in the way this story is told: a detached, seemingly-future narrator describing life in 2009 NYC during the financial meltdown, by focusing on a small group of gay men. It basically switches between explaining city living in 2009 to someone who's never experienced it, to detailing John's (a debt-ridden despite having a job, gay man) life and his circle of friends & lovers. When it's at it's best, the book provides a sharp critique of current society and its many issues [...]

  • Thomas

    This book is very interesting. I love how Sicha writes as if the reader has no conception of New York (or American or even human) life. As if we're reading this thousands of years in the future and need to know every detail. And that's where the charm is, in how he describes things like the Internet and social conventions and the seasons. I had a few favorite qoutes:"The backs of knees were shining everywhere. There was maybe no good evolutionary or biological reason for everyone to want to touc [...]

  • Eugene Beronilla

    Above all, this is a great, easy read, definitely a nod to New Yorkers. However, perhaps only the politically-minded-slash-hiptistic Citydwellers will get the milieu referenced through winks and elbow nudges peppered in the book. The lack of universal appeal is almost unapologetic, which honestly may be the main intrigue for this novel. Otherwise the structure is the kind of cavalier attitude found among the characters. An early review from Miller from the Observer sums it best that “sex, mone [...]

  • Richard Kramer

    VERY RECENT EVENTS, a wonderful novel with a wonderful title by a wonderfully named author (Choire Sicha), follows the lives of a handful of young men in New York in 2009. They get jobs, they lose jobs, the jobs they find still leave them with strings of days with no money at all. They kiss each other in bars, they live with their parents for a while; they watch the bills for their student loans pile up in front of them. And another thousand people just got off of the train Sicha limns, to snat [...]

  • Jose

    This is the strangest book I've ever read, and I thought about putting it down at least once. However in the end I think I kind of liked it. The characters do seem to be interchangeable but that is actually true amongst groups of gay friends. I think I have been friends with at least a couple of the guys in the book (and I don't live anywhere near "The City"). I thought I was going to read a book about some guys struggle during the great crash of 2009, instead I got a modern gay novel. However I [...]

  • Kerry Riffle

    I really wanted to like this book - and did enjoy the author's conceits of non-fiction written as fiction and describing everything as if we were visitors from a far planet or the far future who had no point of reference to c. 2009 - but ultimately that conceit wasn't enough to sustain even a short tale of some struggling but shallow(ish) late 20-something NYC gays. I often had a hard time keep track of who was who as they were all mostly indistinguishable from the lead character, John. And he d [...]

  • Diana

    Literally & figuratively a thin book. Half mock anthropological text half documentation of gay NYC 2009. The book seemed to have little to no point. The characters were thin as thin can be--interchangeable "J" named men with interchangeable partners and I get that's a bit of the point but the characters had no depth or detail except to chronicle boring party conversations and errands. So happy I'm done reading this book.

  • Oriana

    God I love Choire Sicha. Here is a piece he wrote about New York money and nostalgia and fame and also more money. I want this book so super bad.

  • Shawn

    A poorly written soap opera.

  • Kim

    Bad Bret Easton Ellis for millennials. Two stars for the social commentary and the Bloomberg parts but the endless hookups between Chad, Jason, John, and [insert random white's guy name here] added nothing here. Sicha said in an interview I read that this wasn't a book for people in their 40s and above and he was right.

  • Heather Clitheroe

    The storytelling is well done, but I feel like this book should have been about as half as long to be twice as good.

  • Graham

    . . . now the nuances and gradations of society in general seem of the same importance as the overtones of society in particular; sauce and trimmings make better eating than the meat. And we predict a frightful pandemonium to eat it in unless indeed every generation has gone through the same difficulties of adjustment. It may be that this one is simply more expressive. Oddly enough we have but one set of contemporaries. It has always surprised us that whether there is a war or not we will always [...]

  • Andrew

    I don't believe that the malaise felt in Very Recent History's troubled economy (i.e the American economy, ca. 2009) applies exclusively to Very Recent History's City (i.e NYC), but the local politics described in Choire's novel is a different story. I didn't have many expectations of this book, and while I can't say I was disappointed, I can see how others might find the narrative to be a jarring & seemingly pointless account upon first glance. I only finished the book a few minutes ago, an [...]

  • Kayla Beck

    Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.Welcome to this week's edition of "When Good Books Go Bad" featuring Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City by Choire Sicha. Yes, that is a bit harsh, but disappointing books are disappointing, and this one really didn't work for me. I enjoy the occasional bit of non-fiction and history is my favorite thing ever, and I was super duper excited to get my hands on Very Recent History. So where did it g [...]

  • Matt Cooper

    Inconsistent in style and the characters are monotonous.Taking place in the "City" wherein a few millennials find it next to impossible to balance work, bills, drink, cigarettes, hookups, and love, "Very Recent History" attempts to explain (what I took to be) lower/middle class oppression amidst the political and skyscraper background of billionaires inhabiting the same City as our gay pack of millennial main characters (John, Jason, Diego, Edward), but of course on another unreachable plane.The [...]

  • Katie/Doing Dewey

    The narrative moving this narrative non-fiction forward is the story of a group of interconnected young men, most of whom are homosexual and several of whom seem to be bankers or stock brokers. This is the story of their struggle to navigate a big city (never specified, but I’d bet it’s New York) and the vagaries of their financial and romantic situations. Interspersed with this narrative are sections describing society in 2009 as though to someone so far in the future that even the most bas [...]

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