Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic

Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic

Victoria Loustalot / Sep 19, 2019

Future Perfect A Skeptic s Search for an Honest Mystic A witty unflinching and provocative memoir about one woman s journey into the fact fiction and fraud of the modern mystical complex In the months following the breakup with her longtime

  • Title: Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic
  • Author: Victoria Loustalot
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  • A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman s journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the modern mystical complex

    In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria s innate skeptici

    A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman s journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the modern mystical complex

    In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria s innate skepticism She had to admit that what they knew about her past was eerily accurate As for her future She couldn t shake the feeling that some powerful force in the universe was trying to tell her something and, for once, she ought to listen Or at least investigate.

    In Future Perfect, Victoria draws on her own personal experience to launch a broader inquiry into the phenomena of psychics, shamans, astrologers, and their fans Through historical documents and interviews with clairvoyants, seers, and their believers, Victoria opens herself up to the modern mystical complex in cultures and cities around the globe She pays close attention to what they have to tell us about how we choose to live, what we might be missing out on in the process, and what in the world we re supposed to do with all that information.

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    Lists with This Book Memoir Published in Year 2019 75 books 20 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 03, 2018 Trudy rated it did not like it Full disclosure I received this book free as a member of Prime through s First Look promotion I ve been studying what the author refers to as the woo woo stuff since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999 I do not practice on a professional basis.This book was nothing than a vehicle for a New Yorker with an MFA to publicly express her level of discontent It has little or nothing to do with the title, as the reader eventually realizes she had no intentio Full disclosure I received this book free as a member of Prime through s First Look promotion I ve been studying what the author refers to as the woo woo stuff since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999 I do not practice on a professional basis.This book was nothing than a vehicle for a New Yorker with an MFA to publicly express her level of discontent It has little or nothing to do with the title, as the reader eventually realizes she had no intention of fully researching the subject Most of the book is about herself, and while I realize it is labeled as a memoir, it is never explained to the reader how her myriad personal issues and her politics have anything to do with the claimed search on the cover I don t know how much time or effort she devoted to her research Had she taken a moment to search Google for classes in her own backyard, over two million results for astrology alone in NYC and a few hours perhaps with any of the many in person astrology or other divination classes available nearby, she would have discovered that 1 Spirituality has very little to do with visiting psychics People study divination and related subjects for all kinds of reasons other than working as professional psychics.2 Politics and discussion of same is actively discouraged, if not outright forbidden in this setting That s because politics are considered a negative, material construct and most students avoid negativity as much as possible.One of the other reviewers on said the material in the book would amount to a magazine article, and I can wholeheartedly agree with that Even so, some of that material is incorrect or misleading For example, her session with a Reiki practitioner does not resemble any treatment I ve ever known anyone to do or have even heard about That mistake would also have been avoided with a cursory internet search Early on in the book, when she s on the way to visiting the psychic in New Jersey, she mentions she s reading Psychic Self defense by Dion Fortune There is no mention of how she came to be reading that particular book, and apparently she was unaware that it was written in the 1930s and is today considered outdated and even unnecessary by many in the field Both the field and humanity have vastly evolved since then All the Loustalot says is that it s scary Well, it would be, out of context and read in the 21st Century There is little of value in this work to the general public It could have been worthwhile had the author been able to get out of her own way, or had the editor or any of the legions of people she thanks at the end of the book bothered to notice there were serious problems in the manuscript flag 13 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 11, 2018 Hillary rated it it was ok Did not finish.This was one of the December 2018 First Reads choices I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don t love.I was intrigued by the topic However, while well written, there is too much here I ve learned waaaay about the author s young adult life than about anything related to mystics I feel like I m walking down a path and I m constantly being led off down side paths We re not getting anywhere.I m simply not enjoying i Did not finish.This was one of the December 2018 First Reads choices I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don t love.I was intrigued by the topic However, while well written, there is too much here I ve learned waaaay about the author s young adult life than about anything related to mystics I feel like I m walking down a path and I m constantly being led off down side paths We re not getting anywhere.I m simply not enjoying it, so I stop here flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 26, 2018 Julia V rated it did not like it This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year It s 12 26 so that means something Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing although the entire book seems to be written in stream of consciousness , but the entire concept of the book This is really the first book I felt the need to write a bad review about.This is not a skeptics search for an honest mystic This is someone who dabbles in spiritualism This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year It s 12 26 so that means something Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing although the entire book seems to be written in stream of consciousness , but the entire concept of the book This is really the first book I felt the need to write a bad review about.This is not a skeptics search for an honest mystic This is someone who dabbles in spiritualism, but never quite dives in The most interesting and well worded points about mysticism were direct quotes from sources Most of the book seems to avoid the topic completely There were multiple chapters that were simply about Victoria s life and mentioned a psychic for a few sentences In a very loosely connected way Each chapter felt like an introductory chapter I really feel like she wanted to write a memoir about an uncertain time in her life, and this was a nice way to get it published.Not only does this book not reach a conclusion, but it never quite reaches a complete thought There is not a beginning There is not a middle There is not an end I really wanted to like this book but I really just felt as conned as the people seeking psychic help flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Katie rated it did not like it Shelves 2018 Jumbled and rambling This book does not follow a skeptic s search for an honest mystic Mostly this follows a woman s relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology She offers little insight on spiritualism, and spends most of the book responding to random New York Times pieces and musing on how she expects this book will be received This would have benefitted from some structure, but because of the meandering style it wa Jumbled and rambling This book does not follow a skeptic s search for an honest mystic Mostly this follows a woman s relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology She offers little insight on spiritualism, and spends most of the book responding to random New York Times pieces and musing on how she expects this book will be received This would have benefitted from some structure, but because of the meandering style it was just all over the place and confusing I would not recommending picking up this book flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Bari Dzomba rated it it was ok Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart This book is disorganized and all over the place flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Penny rated it did not like it Kindle Good title.Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren t just related to her romantic relationships On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy.She can t commit Is she a skeptic or is she a believer She wants to play both sides.She doesn t believe in psychics, but after her first reading, she actively pursues the prediction that she s going to meet a tall Prince Harry type guy and fall in love She jumps in with both Kindle Good title.Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren t just related to her romantic relationships On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy.She can t commit Is she a skeptic or is she a believer She wants to play both sides.She doesn t believe in psychics, but after her first reading, she actively pursues the prediction that she s going to meet a tall Prince Harry type guy and fall in love She jumps in with both feet She looks for him and when she happens to meet someone that maybe kind of sort of fits the bill they go on a first date and he moves in like that BOOM Based on what Based on the belief that the psychic knew something she didn t And when the relationship doesn t work out somehow that was foretold by her star sign I felt sorry for, and a little sad for the author She glosses over the period in her life when she was anorexic and muses on magical thinking She s lost and searching for herself in astrology and psychics.I realize this is a memoir I expected to go on some kind of a journey learn something follow the author as they learn something Nope didn t get that.Not Recommended flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 06, 2018 Linda Leenig rated it liked it A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge I ended up knowing about her and her various dysfunctions and don t we all have them than I did about psychics The only reason I gave it 3 stars was that I felt badly giving less as she does know how to write Next time, call it what it is and don t use a thinly veiled disguise of researching for mystical knowledge This book is exactly why I don t A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge I ended up knowing about her and her various dysfunctions and don t we all have them than I did about psychics The only reason I gave it 3 stars was that I felt badly giving less as she does know how to write Next time, call it what it is and don t use a thinly veiled disguise of researching for mystical knowledge This book is exactly why I don t write it would end up being all about me flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Michael Book rated it it was ok I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read It is a long book There are some well written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes it seem a long drawn out confessional rather than an objective search to discover validity in the psychic mystic business of retail fortune telling Hoping for some insight into this realm of mediums, but it seemed a I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read It is a long book There are some well written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes it seem a long drawn out confessional rather than an objective search to discover validity in the psychic mystic business of retail fortune telling Hoping for some insight into this realm of mediums, but it seemed a skim over rather than an engaging research project flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Vivian rated it it was amazing From my editor s letter In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned Witty and thought provoking, Victoria s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out exactly what the future held, wouldn t we want to know I think I would.But while many women and men swear by their horoscope, Victoria isn t so sure When, at her best friend s bachelorette party in Montreal, she meets a From my editor s letter In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned Witty and thought provoking, Victoria s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out exactly what the future held, wouldn t we want to know I think I would.But while many women and men swear by their horoscope, Victoria isn t so sure When, at her best friend s bachelorette party in Montreal, she meets a psychic who predicts when, where, and how she will meet her future boyfriend, Victoria takes that information with skepticism And when he comes into her life exactly as predicted, Victoria must reckon with her assumptions about the mystical world Maybe they re not all trying to pull the wool over her eyes But if that s true, what else can be true From there, Victoria embarks on a fact finding and soul defining mission as she meets and interviews an eclectic and surprisingly sophisticated array of modern and historical mystics, mystic researchers, scientists, doctors, and anthropologists to get to the truth.What if you could find some semblance of control, and what if that were through an unlikely channel like a psychic No matter where your beliefs lie, we live in uncertain times Victoria found that was exactly what was happening an increasing number of young people were flocking to psychics, astrologers, and the like to help clarify a hazy future Her findings are illuminating flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 13, 2018 Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves 2018 challenge books, kindle reads, nonfiction I am glad this was free via Prime There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how it tied together It s possible in the end everything knitted together strongly but by that point I was so wore out and ready for the book to be over that I ended up skim reading The book is definitely less of a th I am glad this was free via Prime There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how it tied together It s possible in the end everything knitted together strongly but by that point I was so wore out and ready for the book to be over that I ended up skim reading The book is definitely less of a the search and of the skeptic , and she does at times succeed in making them fit Showing you how her journey affected her, both the one leading to what she was doing and the journey for the mystics But overall the bulk of what I ll remember from the book is the stories of her, which were not what I was going in for That s totally A OK if you go into this reading for Victoria s story, but I was interested in her Search so it was a miss for me flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 T.B Cooper rated it it was amazing Number one, her writing is clear concise when she makes a point Until that moment, she weaves together via bird walking, short stories about herself conversations she s had with a friend s a conversation lesson or meeting with a mystic psychic or shaman etc some well researched information and or statistical data related to that chapter s topic and usually maybe a beautiful quote or two, either known or newly said by one of her many sources.There are 32 chapters, split over 253 Number one, her writing is clear concise when she makes a point Until that moment, she weaves together via bird walking, short stories about herself conversations she s had with a friend s a conversation lesson or meeting with a mystic psychic or shaman etc some well researched information and or statistical data related to that chapter s topic and usually maybe a beautiful quote or two, either known or newly said by one of her many sources.There are 32 chapters, split over 253 pages of what is meant to tell THIS woman s spiritual journey, or start progression of it, thus far A quick side note I only found ONE typo , and it wasn t until Chapter 19, 1st page, where I was meant to be BEFORE thought , instead of after which, for me who is CONSTANTLY marking the books I read and personally alerting authors their editors of the oopsies , was impressive Not because it just meant that she might have a great proofreader, but because I know from experience that when writing about one s self and our stories, our pains and our passions it causes us to lose some of the linguistical Anyway this is a MEMOIR Yeah, maybe you caught that in the book s description Maybe some folks didn t Reading through a couple reviews led me to think maybe they thought it was some type of self help book a Where to Find a Real Psychic in 2018 book The title was misleading Um, no Not at all Ms Loustalot LITERALLY talks about having been a skeptic of all things magic and or religious since she was a little girl and realized Santa the Easter Bunny weren t real, and about what made her talk to a psychic in the first place, but also how the events of her life intermingled with life in this current world in general led her to want to know and to question EVERYTHING.This leads me to the political part of the reviews which I feel some people will have a hard time getting away from So, I guess if you re a hardcore Trump Supporter, who can t for the life of them understand why ANYONE would feel unease at him being our President then please, don t bother reading this beautiful story While Ms Loustalot is clearly NOT a Trump Supporter and DID vote for Hillary, her political views not only are minimally discussed there are 253 pages after all , but those views are EQUALLY JUST AS VALID as are her religious views, in a story about the twists and turns of life her spiritual awakening, in a story that is HERS TO TELL.She does not write pages without end of her distaste for 45, merely mentions him and certain aspects of his administration that bother her, here and there But she, just like a large number of Americans not just Hillary supporters, but also former Trump Supporters , as well as people all over the world in many different countries, has a sincere dislike of him As it always is the case with all political leaders.Someone s political and religious views are respectfully THEIR OWN She CAN voice her opinions, her distrust, and her concerns in a book about HER, all she wants But, to rip her apart as just a sore Hillary Supporter Buttercup, tells me the story was unfortunately read by someone with not only opposing political values than the author but also someone with a closed mind that, CLEARLY DIDN T READ the book Because that s not what this story was about At all Really.Ms Loustalot has done a wonderful, sometimes heartbreakingly honest, job of exposing herself, her secrets, her pain, but also her strength, her interestingly inquisitive mind, and her growing self awareness and empathy, all while on a journey most people will never take, and if they do they d rarely share it this openly.Truly, shame on those who judge her as just a 30 something with boyfriend angst or whatever or really just judge her at all There were many quotable spots that I ve highlighted, that I will personally write to Ms Loustalot myself, to express how they made me feel exactly but this one, from one of her sources, a teacher astrologer named Hunter, seems quite relevant to the point I m trying to make Shut up until you feel their suffering If you can t feel someone s suffering, you re not qualified to speak, because you are not fully comprehending who it is you are speaking to It s all about empathy Listen and feel what they felt when they went through whatever it is that they did We all have our own burdens to carry some of us carry , some less but to actually FEEL each other s journey, by simply listening, is the first step to repairing the bonds that make us human.I intended to use that quote here, in a way, against those who actually judged her story because, I mean c mon, really Aren t we supposed to be civilized than that What did you read pick a memoir for if you weren t going to have an open mind going into it How do we begin to learn about each other understand one another if we shut down and stop listening as the first opinion expressed or experience described that isn t in line with our own, is uttered Realistically, all you can ethically comment on as a fellow human being, regarding someone s memoir, is Grammatical Spelling Errors No okay, just that one I mentioned Hard to read Nope, read it in one day Did you like the story Only a Yes or a No is acceptable here because the next question is almost definitely Why or Why not An honest review should be exactly that, honest but with a bit of tact decency This is a Non Fiction book a story about a Real LIVING Person To criticize the story as though this were some RomCom featured in a book club is disgraceful Freedom of Speech Freedom of Expression yes, I get that but a lot can be said for having a bit of empathy and keeping our humanity in check.And yes, some people who actually READ it, won t like this story because there are some events that take place in this woman s life that could be triggers sexual assault is discussed, there s a memory of a molestation incident by a peer, there s an abortion Or maybe, and probably the most likely, and coincidentally, the ONLY TRULY ACCEPTABLE answer to if you did or did not like someone s memoir You couldn t didn t relate And that s about as honest as you d have to be, while still appearing to be a decent human being, publicly at least Because NOT relating to someone is than fine There are billions of people on this planet, all with our own views of life paths to venture.It saddens me that when someone does open up their heart some of the first responders are some of the most vicious.This was an enjoyable read It was for me, easy to relate to in many ways I commend the author for having the courage to expose her vulnerability as she did.And just FYI No, I didn t get paid or asked to read this book I selected it as my December First Read No, I don t know Ms Loustalot although, after reading her memoir, I d truly like to meet her and compare notes And no, I am NOT a Trump, Hillary, Bernie, or Mickey Mouse supporter, thank you, very much flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 27, 2018 Molly rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 books Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth She briefly mentioned witches like they are imaginary and really only danced lightly with the primary themes of the book However, I liked her writing style and was interested in her life and the memoir as a whole Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth She briefly mentioned witches like they are imaginary and really only danced lightly with the primary themes of the book However, I liked her writing style and was interested in her life and the memoir as a whole and thought it was a good read I wish it had just been presented as a memoir and a personal journey, rather than anything else, because trying to shoehorn some minimal research into it made those parts feel forced like she was trying to squeeze them into a box she d committed to, when she really wanted to go somewhere else entirely flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Tiff rated it did not like it Shelves never finished In theory this memoir had a lot of potential In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself Future Perfect was far from present perfect Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line An endless series of run on sentences and seemingly randomly placed quotes dominated the first 39% all I managed to read before flat out giving up This was an example of everything that is wrong with stream of consciou In theory this memoir had a lot of potential In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself Future Perfect was far from present perfect Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line An endless series of run on sentences and seemingly randomly placed quotes dominated the first 39% all I managed to read before flat out giving up This was an example of everything that is wrong with stream of consciousness and none of the good What s worse is that I don t think it was intended to be stream of consciousness at all My biggest question is, How did this get published in the first place This book was provided to me for free through First Reads flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Audrey rated it did not like it review of another edition This book is full of wonderful references However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics At least it was free on Kindle flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Jackie Van Patten rated it it was ok 1.5 flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Blake rated it it was ok I think this book is mis titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic s search for an honest mystic Most for this book was about the author s meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel gazing She s a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn t the kind of spiritual memoir I was expecting or looking for flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Terry rated it it was ok DisjointedRambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality I would not recommend this book flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Elyssa rated it did not like it The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on , I read it I feel like the title is deceiving Yes, the author explores mystics such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself and her two relationships with exes she refers to by their first initial just use a pseudonym and her feelings about the 2016 election and just living in NYC, which is ground so many other writers have covered The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on , I read it I feel like the title is deceiving Yes, the author explores mystics such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself and her two relationships with exes she refers to by their first initial just use a pseudonym and her feelings about the 2016 election and just living in NYC, which is ground so many other writers have covered The book lacks cohesion and she veers from one topic to another I was wondering if an editor was involved in the publication of this book because someone needs to reel the author in so there is focus and also give the book a accurate title Not recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Ginnie Scurlock rated it it was ok ShortcomingsWould have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn t gotten in the way I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS Life goes on flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Roy rated it did not like it Shelves done Trash I read 1 3 and had to stop A psychic isn t a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co fefe that are in there It was a waste of time It was an freebie anyway just don t want you to waste your time flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Terry Berger rated it did not like it Made it a third of the way and fear that s as far as I will get for now Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated Not what I was hopping for flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 15, 2018 James Klabunde rated it liked it Future Perfect A Search for the Perfect MateWhile the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the I felt getting bogged down While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about The majority of the book is memoir about herself which I found boring I would edit out about a hundred pages in the book and would have expanded the ending Not Recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Jesse rated it did not like it Loustalot writes of memoirists that writers are often saddled with accusations of narcissism and self indulgence, what commonly gets overlooked is the tremendous vulnerability that inheres in exposing oneself to the world s scrutiny So true As a fan of Karl Ove Knausgaard, I have a soft spot for such writers and it s with some pain I give this book a bad review I didn t know who the author was, but the premise sounded somewhat interesting Unfortunately, the book is a clumsy, disorganize Loustalot writes of memoirists that writers are often saddled with accusations of narcissism and self indulgence, what commonly gets overlooked is the tremendous vulnerability that inheres in exposing oneself to the world s scrutiny So true As a fan of Karl Ove Knausgaard, I have a soft spot for such writers and it s with some pain I give this book a bad review I didn t know who the author was, but the premise sounded somewhat interesting Unfortunately, the book is a clumsy, disorganized, and poorly constructed foray into empaths, psychics, and the like I came away with nothing after I was finished on the subject Her research consisted of apparently very few in person experiences, despite living in NYC The course she took was via telephone and many interactions were done via phone She is impressed by the psychic that does a reading for her that she booked for a bachelorette party, despite having presumably provided her name and information when booking it, giving the person plenty of time to research her At one point, she concedes her thoughts on Buddhism are Buddhism 101 , but this could apply to every single thing she talks about regarding faiths and even her main subject There is a horrible section on the abortion she got I am pro choice, but I don t pretend to know the answer to the question underlying the abortion debate Nobody can I have no issues with pro choice people passionately advocating their position, but, to me, there is a line where it gets disgusting that ends up in one of two places a celebration of abortion Michelle Wolf has an episode in her show that is a good example or the attitude this author displays Some excerpts I have always been good in a crisis Except this wasn t even a crisis when you live in America, are insured, and have money, an unplanned pregnancy is the furthest thing from a crisis The furthest thing Not even in the galaxy of a crisis I know a few people that fall under this category that would strongly disagree Probably so does everyone If there s any doubt about her idiocy on the subject, she erases it My abortion was the right choice for me, in that relationship, in that moment of my life I shared it with you, because if I am not willing to say that I had an abortion, to admit it on the page and in life, then I had no business having one in the first place It s tempting to think she s perhaps just referring to herself, but it s written as a generalization and fits better as one within the segment and prior quotes It s so stupid that elaborating on it seems silly There seems to be room for the experience being as private as possiblefor some She adds to this by writing a long, painfully obnoxious screed about the fictitious child she aborted and all the qualities she felt she d have But Elvie was not to be I was always conscious that my own desires should never be a barrier to helping my child I would only ever make one request of her, that she be anything she wants to be except a victim This is spouted right about when she explains the reason she didn t have her child was due to her own desires Asking her child never to a victimeh, reading all this made me consider being pro life than anyone that is has ever succeeded Some will find her regular meanderings into topics that have nothing to do with her alleged subject a flaw, but these were the only spots I found had any value in the book If not for them, I couldn t have finished it She writes a beautiful chapter about seeing parents and children across from her apartment after the election She had me cracking up when explaining a benefit of being a postmenopausal woman was that Donald Trump would no longer be interested in you Her political musings were always interesting and eloquent I am guessing her other books are probably pretty good She s a good writer, and has obvious talent, but this is a bad book flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Nancy Ahyee rated it did not like it review of another edition Publisher s description In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria s innate skepticism She had to admit that what they knew about her past was eerily accurate As for her future She couldn t shake the feeling that some powerful force in the universe was trying to tell her something and, for once, she ought to listen Publisher s description In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria s innate skepticism She had to admit that what they knew about her past was eerily accurate As for her future She couldn t shake the feeling that some powerful force in the universe was trying to tell her something and, for once, she ought to listen Or at least investigate In Future Perfect, Victoria draws on her own personal experience to launch a broader inquiry into the phenomena of psychics, shamans, astrologers, and their fans Through historical documents and interviews with clairvoyants, seers, and their believers, Victoria opens herself up to the modern mystical complex in cultures and cities around the globe She pays close attention to what they have to tell us about how we choose to live, what we might be missing out on in the process, and what in the world we re supposed to do with all that information So until now, I have read exactly two memoirs in my 50 years Arthur Ashe s Days of Grace and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls I am not usually drawn to memoirs I read Ashe s shortly before his death, and I read Walls at the recommendation of a friend Each book covered a literal and very substantive lifetime Victoria Loustalot s Future Perfect felt like a lifetime but was only about 20 months out of her 30 years on the planet It was not meaningful It was not insightful And it certainly was not a skeptic s search for an honest mystic as the tagline implies This is the story of a woman who broke up with her boyfriend and went to a psychic on a girl s trip looking for insight into when she would find love I guess by the purest definition this is a memoir, but it felt to me like the unstructured ramblings of a 30 something who is not sure how to navigate her lifeand not doing a very good job of it.I read this because it sounded interesting I think almost everyone at some time or another has talked to a psychic, whether it was during a night out drinking, a traveling carnival, even somewhere in their 20s as an experiment or something fun Do I believe that there are people who are in touch with the spiritual universe Sure Do I believe that every psychic who hangs a sign in a window is truly in touch Heck no From this book, I expected a lot of information about the psychics and mystics and shamans, etc that the author was supposed to have interviewed I expected comparisons and examples, descriptions of her experiences What I got was a handful of chapters that talked about the people she spoke with and who offered her readings which she mostly declined and some ramblings about her astrology teacher, but the majority of the book was anecdotes about other things that never tied together This was really just the detail of her relationship with M Ironically, there is a part in the book where the author searches online for information about how you know if you re living with a narcissist, when she should have been searching for information about how you know if YOU are a narcissist.This was absolutely not the book the description portrays it to be, which in an of itself would not have been an issue if it were at least interesting But unless you re looking for the day to day rants of a 30 something New Yorker, skip this one I struggled to finish it, and it pains me that I spent so much time on it.I received a free copy of this title from NetGalley and Little A in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Jim Seidman rated it did not like it Shelves abandoned I wasted hours of my life, hours that I can never get back, reading the first third of this book I write this review as a cautionary tale for those who are tempted to waste part of their lives too.I got this for free through the First Reads program I wish I hadn t As I said, I only read the first third, but here s a plot summary Loustalot experienced a difficult period in life, and decided to explore spirituality as a result In a complete misunderstanding of spirituality, she then we I wasted hours of my life, hours that I can never get back, reading the first third of this book I write this review as a cautionary tale for those who are tempted to waste part of their lives too.I got this for free through the First Reads program I wish I hadn t As I said, I only read the first third, but here s a plot summary Loustalot experienced a difficult period in life, and decided to explore spirituality as a result In a complete misunderstanding of spirituality, she then went and spoke to a bunch of self proclaimed psychics.She relates these meetings with complete credulousness no claim is too farfetched for her to repeat with a straight face Never does she even begin to ask why these people haven t done with their purported gifts Some could help kidnapping victims, or get rich to support philantropy, or otherwise do anything than the standard cold reading tricks and tell tall tales about supposed past successes none of which receives even the most cursory fact checking.Perhaps by the end she has cobbled together some sort of pseudo spiritual insight based on interviews with charlatans and scam artists But wow, if she did, I m really glad that I didn t read it flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 K G rated it it was amazing Psychics and cards and astrology OH MYUp front let me say that the author was a classmate of my daughter and so I am biased in her favor But even besides that, what could be interesting than the millennial take on psychics This book is both a memoir and a guidebook to some of the new age spiritual helpers I confess I always have wanted to visit a psychic I do have a tarot reading regularly but do not pay for it I enjoyed reading the stories the author shared I especially love the on Psychics and cards and astrology OH MYUp front let me say that the author was a classmate of my daughter and so I am biased in her favor But even besides that, what could be interesting than the millennial take on psychics This book is both a memoir and a guidebook to some of the new age spiritual helpers I confess I always have wanted to visit a psychic I do have a tarot reading regularly but do not pay for it I enjoyed reading the stories the author shared I especially love the one about the morning after Election Day but no spoilers from me , and also being reminded that our daughters are not really so different from us This is both a relief and also a bit sad as I hoped by the next generation we would be done with some of our societal expectations of women But it will take time What strikes me as hopeful is that these young women do not take any of it for granted They meet the world with an open heart and an open mind flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Jennifer Ferencz rated it did not like it Shelves kindle first I agree with most of the other one star reviews, but I ll reiterate rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters very wordy It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times most profound quotes come from other authors no throughline or keen takeaway other than she is a liberal, millenial who lives in New YorkThis was a free Kindle First book, and I couldn t finish it I m the type that ALWAYS finishes a book, mostly because regardless of the story writing, I m invest I agree with most of the other one star reviews, but I ll reiterate rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters very wordy It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times most profound quotes come from other authors no throughline or keen takeaway other than she is a liberal, millenial who lives in New YorkThis was a free Kindle First book, and I couldn t finish it I m the type that ALWAYS finishes a book, mostly because regardless of the story writing, I m invested in the character There was nothing to be invested in with this book I felt guilty marking it as Read on I jumped to the ending to make sure I wasn t missing something I wasn t flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Noah rated it it was ok This book utterly fails to live up to its intriguing title It rambles and digresses almost constantly, weaving around in a dizzying stream of consciousness style, and it wields psychics and spiritualism as mere accessories to Loustalot s mid youth crisis rather than points of actual substance There are entire head scratching chapters that are inelegantly shoe horned in and padded last minute with some oblique reference to something mystic to qualify its presence in the book At no point does L This book utterly fails to live up to its intriguing title It rambles and digresses almost constantly, weaving around in a dizzying stream of consciousness style, and it wields psychics and spiritualism as mere accessories to Loustalot s mid youth crisis rather than points of actual substance There are entire head scratching chapters that are inelegantly shoe horned in and padded last minute with some oblique reference to something mystic to qualify its presence in the book At no point does Loustalot s research on the topics of psychics, astrology, and spiritualism ever take the front seat, as the title would suggest rather, the scenes of her research are widely space and thin, only tangentially related to, and I use this term very loosely, the plot these scenes never come to fruition, and we never learn the results of any of the supposed research And of course, I understand that this is a memoir and that means the author s life is going to be interjected as is necessary, but this book is almost entirely composed of unimpressive tidbits from the author s life and subpar relationship with little reason to justify their inclusion beyond that fact that they were co occurring with her research flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Amanda rated it it was ok Story loses focus There s little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to rambling She constantly references the Trump Clinton election and her dislike of Trump It s her prerogative to dislike him but it has nothing to do with the focus of this book and is very distracting I went into this book prepared to learn about mysticism and spirituality in today Story loses focus There s little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to rambling She constantly references the Trump Clinton election and her dislike of Trump It s her prerogative to dislike him but it has nothing to do with the focus of this book and is very distracting I went into this book prepared to learn about mysticism and spirituality in today s world and the writers experience with it but instead got a lot of rambling that quite often, had nothing to do with the topic of the book flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Kristine rated it it was ok Shelves reviewed Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early January.If Loustalot is reporting this from memory, her memory is really breathless with explanation and and then s, rather a lot like Bridget Jones, as she searches for love and clarity, and interviews tarot readers, astrologists, spiritual, psychic and clairvoyant people she meets during 2017 And, with each chapter, you really start to seek out their earnest, comparatively calm direct quotes from her interview Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early January.If Loustalot is reporting this from memory, her memory is really breathless with explanation and and then s, rather a lot like Bridget Jones, as she searches for love and clarity, and interviews tarot readers, astrologists, spiritual, psychic and clairvoyant people she meets during 2017 And, with each chapter, you really start to seek out their earnest, comparatively calm direct quotes from her interviewees to take a rest from her combo of babbly narration and lite, coasting brand of research flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Women s Wear Daily, The Onion, Publishers Weekly and online for The New Yorker, where she previously wrote a daily Victoria Loustalot is the author of the three memoirs This Is How You Say Goodbye, Living Like Audrey Life Lessons from the Fairest Lady of All, and Future Perfect A Skeptic s Search for an Honest Mystic.Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Women s Wear Daily, The Onion, Publishers Weekly and online for The New Yorker, where she previously wrote a daily column.Victoria grew up in California but moved east for college, graduating from Columbia University with a B.A in English after just three years of study She was also a Nonfiction Writing Fellow at Columbia University s School of the Arts, where she earned her M.F.A She now lives mostly in New York City but can frequently be found traveling and documenting her journey on Instagram, VictoriaLoustalot Books by Victoria Loustalot More Trivia About Future Perfect A No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Future Perfect A and provides constant updates on the state of 0 likes then to check into a hotel The same hotel, as it 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 26, 52, 77, 90, 53 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers 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    Future perfect English Grammar EF Future perfect Form The future perfect is composed of two elements the simple future of the verb to have will have the past participle of the main verb. A FUTURE PERFECT Concrete Visions A Future Perfect is an Athens based concept brand, established in by architects Katerina Grigoropoulou and Evi Sougkara. Future Perfect Vox Future Perfect Finding the best ways to do good Made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation. Future Perfect Tense Useful Rules and Examples E S L The future perfect is a verb form or construction used to describe an event that is expected or planned to happen before a time of reference in the future In English, the future perfect construction consists of the auxiliary verb will shall to mark the future, the auxiliary verb have to mark the perfect, and the past participle of the main verb. Future Perfect Grammarly Blog Future Perfect The future perfect tense is for talking about an action that will be completed between now and some point in the future Imagine that your friend Linda asks you to take care of her cat for a few days while she goes on a trip She wants you to come over today at noon so she can show you where to find the cat food A Future Perfect SpeakEasy A Future Perfect Special Events From talkbacks to artists forums to special guest speakers, this Winter is full of special events around SpeakEasy s production of A FUTURE PERFECT Recurring Events ARTISTS FORUM Participate in a talkback after the performance, featuring Future Perfect Grammar EnglishClub Future Perfect The Future Perfect tense is quite an easy tense to understand and use The Future Perfect talks about the past in the future The structure of the Future Perfect tense is Look at these example sentences in the Future Perfect tense In speaking with the Future Perfect tense, we often contract the subject and will. Future perfect English In English, the future perfect construction consists of the auxiliary verb will or shall see shall and will to mark the future, the auxiliary verb have to mark the perfect, and the past participle of the main verb the second component of the English perfect construction. The Future Perfect The Future Perfect, founded by David Alhadeff in , is one of the world s foremost platforms for collectable contemporary design With its strong curatorial focus, the gallery brings together studio created works, one of a kind and limited edition pieces in a singular, narrative driven environment. Future Perfect ENGLISH PAGE USE Completed Action Before Something in the Future The future perfect expresses the idea that something will occur before another action in the future It can also show that something will happen before a specific time in the future Examples By next November, I will have received my promotion.

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        Victoria Loustalot is the author of the three memoirs This Is How You Say Goodbye, Living Like Audrey Life Lessons from the Fairest Lady of All, and Future Perfect A Skeptic s Search for an Honest Mystic.Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Women s Wear Daily, The Onion, Publishers Weekly and online for The New Yorker, where she previously wrote a daily Victoria Loustalot is the author of the three memoirs This Is How You Say Goodbye, Living Like Audrey Life Lessons from the Fairest Lady of All, and Future Perfect A Skeptic s Search for an Honest Mystic.Her essays have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Women s Wear Daily, The Onion, Publishers Weekly and online for The New Yorker, where she previously wrote a daily column.Victoria grew up in California but moved east for college, graduating from Columbia University with a B.A in English after just three years of study She was also a Nonfiction Writing Fellow at Columbia University s School of the Arts, where she earned her M.F.A She now lives mostly in New York City but can frequently be found traveling and documenting her journey on Instagram, VictoriaLoustalot


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    1. Full disclosure I received this book free as a member of Prime through s First Look promotion I ve been studying what the author refers to as the woo woo stuff since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999 I do not practice on a professional basis.This book was nothing than a vehicle for a New Yorker with an MFA to publicly express her level of discontent It has little or nothing to do with the title, as the reader eventually realizes she had no intentio Full disclosure I rec [...]


    2. Did not finish.This was one of the December 2018 First Reads choices I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don t love.I was intrigued by the topic However, while well written, there is too much here I ve learned waaaay about the author s young adult life than about anything related to mystics I feel like I m walking down a path and I m constantly being led off down side paths We re not getting anywhere.I m simply not enjoying i Did not finish [...]


    3. This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year It s 12 26. so that means something Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing although the entire book seems to be written in stream of consciousness , but the entire concept of the book This is really the first book I felt the need to write a bad review about.This is not a skeptics search for an honest mystic This is someone who dabbles in spiritualism This is [...]


    4. Jumbled and rambling This book does not follow a skeptic s search for an honest mystic Mostly this follows a woman s relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology She offers little insight on spiritualism, and spends most of the book responding to random New York Times pieces and musing on how she expects this book will be received This would have benefitted from some structure, but because of the meandering style it wa Jumbl [...]


    5. Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart This book is disorganized and all over the place.


    6. Kindle Good title.Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren t just related to her romantic relationships On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy.She can t commit Is she a skeptic or is she a believer She wants to play both sides.She doesn t believe in psychics, but after her first reading, she actively pursues the prediction that she s going to meet a tall Prince Harry type guy and fall in love She jumps in with both Kindle [...]


    7. A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge I ended up knowing about her and her various dysfunctions and don t we all have them than I did about psychics The only reason I gave it 3 stars was that I felt badly giving less as she does know how to write Next time, call it what it is and don t use a thinly veiled disguise of researching for mystical knowledge This book is exactly why I don t A self absorbe [...]


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