Perfect worlds

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 15, 2010

Hallman's immersion has made him understand progress as something driven by utopian thought and its subsequent debasement as driven by human folly. The aim of his project is to show that this debasement should not deter our faith in strange ideas. "That leaves us paralyzed as a culture," he says. "Look at the idea of America itself, where you have a representative society based on freedom and opportunity for everyone. That would have been considered mad, and yet it came to pass."

J.C. HALLMAN | Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Ave, Brookline | August 18 at 7 pm | 617.566.6660 or

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