2016 seems thankfully far away.
What this tumultuous year has shown was a fantastic feat of anti establishment and sociopolitical triumph. It lay unharmed to the apparent death of social justice, or at least the masquerading self-proclamation of social justice, the rise of a forward thinking political movement, and the rebirth of the people’s democracy. ‘Rights’, freedom, tradition, utility and progress were questioned, which seems to have spawned paradoxical internal division, a great social chasm, or a liberating sense of a more existential freedom, a democratic rebellion against bureaucracy, a mutinous shift against the ‘progressive’, a questioning of all the values our predecessors held dear, in favour of our own creation of morals.
Each month, with its tragedies and euphoria was intensely followed by the post-truth media, its gullible readers revelling in its shocking, tarring, sycophantic travesties of truth. Although, I mentioned 2016 left in favour of our own ideals, which leaves the question of our own creation of truth.
This is an alternative booklist; one which doesn’t suggest, rather relates and connects political and social events in the months of 2016 to works of fiction. It’s rather like a game, if one can compare the events of 2016 to that.
JANUARY – The Driver’s Seat
FEBRUARY – Of Mice and Men
MARCH – The Good Terrorist
APRIL – Mapp and Lucia
MAY – Last Exit to Brooklyn
JUNE – Lord of the Flies, The Crucible
JULY – The Star Diaries
AUGUST – Animal Farm
SEPTEMBER – Heat Wave
OCTOBER – The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
NOVEMBER – The War of the Worlds, Madame Bovary
DECEMBER – Just an Ordinary Day