Chronicling one man's search to find the meaning of Utopia in our present-day world, In Utopia explores the history of utopian literature and thought in the narrative context of the real-life fruits of that history.
"Hallman entertains with an ironic, Alain de Botton style of erudite bonhomie and scads of self-referential postmodernism, but his intellectual embrace is copious and his conclusion sincere: 'the failure of good intentions should not be met with inaction, but with further good intentions, with better intention.'" Publisher's Weekly
Read his piece, "Drifted toward Dragons: Utopia Today" from The Millions.
J.C. Hallman grew up in Southern California on a street called Utopia Road. He studied creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Hallman’s MFA thesis was titled “Utopia Road,” which was the name of a story later published in Hallman’s short story collection, The Hospital for Bad Poets.