"If you're looking for an antidote to Bush's America, read Clarity
-Arthur Waskow, author of Seasons of Our Joy
"I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to see it in airports, supermarkets and movie theaters."
-Lucy R. Lippard, author of Overlay, Mixed Blessings: New Art in A Multicultural America, and Lure of the Local
Dina Meyer wants to change the world. She started out in the '70s as a crusading independent filmmaker, but the 21st century finds her serving as press secretary for a governor who checked his principles at the door to the state capitol. Fed up, she decides the only way to awaken people now is to blow their minds.
Hooking up with her old boyfriend, designer drug maker Nick Emerson, Dina concocts Clarity, a drug that makes people see through lies and distortions. "C" spreads like a benevolent virus through clubs, activist networks, even the highest reaches of government. As people begin to wake up, the authorities try to crack down. But how can they outlaw awareness? What astonishing things happen when citizens begin to think for themselves?
Arlene Goldbard has been a painter, activist, consultant and writer. Her non-fiction books include Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture; Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development; and Community, Culture and Globalization. Her essays have appeared in Art in America, Tikkun, Theater, and others. She lives in northern California.