"I like the idea of coming up with a society that is a little better than this—a gradualist, ameliorist spirit getting something a little fairer and a little more compassionate than most governments we’ve seen. But the idea of a Utopia has always been completely repulsive to me. [...] What would one do in a Utopia? And, certainly, what would one write about? It’s rebarbarative, the idea of everyone being happy and equal. Because it takes no account of human nature. [...] Who would want the socialist Utopia? Especially if you were at all artistic—you want all those inequalities, because that’s what makes life interesting." 1My art is more important than your equality. Capitalist naturalism and the aestheticization of poverty. A perfect new addition to the culture of Bourgeois Brooklyn!