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Ralph Nader: Activist. Perennial presidential candidate/spoiler. Novelist?

Seven Stories Press has just released Nader’s novel, Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us, in which Yoko Ono, Warren Buffet, Ted Turner, Bill-Cosby, Paul Newman, and other influential figures meet, Justice-League style, to defeat bad guys Lancelot Lobo, Brover Dortquist, and corporate CEOs.

In an author’s note, Nader himself writes:

This book is not a novel. Nor is it nonfiction. In the literary world, it might be described as “a practical utopia.” I call it a fictional vision
that could become a new reality. Some known and not-well-known people
appear in fictional roles. I invite your imaginative engagement.

If that piqued your interest, you can read an excerpt here.

Personally, I find Nader’s prose less than stellar and the premise of the book silly. (First sentences: “In a high mountain redoubt above the Alenuihaha Channel, seventeen megamillionaires and billionaires sat on a wide balcony overlooking the lush green island of Maui and the far Pacific Ocean. They were alike in only three ways: they were old, very rich, and very unrepresentative of humanity, which they intended to save from itself.”) If Nader weren’t well-known, this manuscript would have lingered in the slush pile for months and then been returned with a form letter. But underlying this project is a sincere belief that fiction can provoke thought and change the world for the better–and that I can get behind.

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