looking at the foresight of “wild in the streets” fifty years later

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“DON’T TRUST ANYONE OVER 30!” That was one of the mottos we had in the ’60s and it was pro­vided by Jerry Rubin. When he made that state­ment in 1967, there is a good chance that he knew ex­actly the kind of ef­fect that it would have. But he might not have had a clue that it would also have an ef­fect on non-political movers and shakers in Hol­ly­wood. READ MORE

a look at 101 swinging chicks of the swinging ’60s

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AT CHRISTMAS A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, I met my sister’s boyfriend, who was two gen­er­a­tions younger than I. Not un­der­standing what his tastes in any­thing were ex­cept that he liked good-looking women, my present to him was a book, Swingin’ Chicks Of The ’60s. It’s a col­lec­tion of photos and bi­ographies of 101 women fa­mous for their beauty decades ago. READ MORE

in advance of lew shiner’s “outside the gates of eden”

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ONCE AN ALIENATED, overly cre­ative teenage misfit, Lew Shiner has been a crit­i­cally suc­cessful writer for more than thirty years. His novel Glimpses won the World Fan­tasy Award in 1994 for Best Novel. He has also been one of my fa­vorite writers since I was turned on to his novels twenty-some years ago. Paul Williams told me that Glimpses was the best rock & roll novel he’d ever read. READ MORE

the sixties’ hope for a more enlightened tomorrow

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I FOUND THIS DISCUSSION about as­pects of The Six­ties in the com­ments sec­tion in an ar­ticle ti­tled “How we made: Dono­van’s Sun­shine Su­perman” by Dave Simpson for The Guardian (May 2, 2016). There are many par­tic­i­pants in the back-and-forth con­ver­sa­tions in the thread, but I will focus on just two com­menters, Bar­bKay and Katch33.

The com­ments cover a wide range of topics—from how adorable Donovan was to Shawn Phillips’ con­tri­bu­tions to the Sun­shine Su­perman album to how adorable Donovan was—but I glommed onto the ob­ser­va­tions of Katch33, par­tic­u­larly the two para­graphs below that begin with, “Nev­er­the­less, I’m left with an un­re­solved mix of con­fu­sion.” READ MORE

is the novel “catch-22” representative of “the sixties”?

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SELECTING TEN NOVELS that sum up the era we refer to as “the Six­ties” would be a task worthy of a minor Greek demi-deity. And by the Six­ties, I am re­fer­ring to the whole peace-love-do-your-own-thing coun­ter­cul­ture: pot and acid and con­scious­ness ex­pan­sion and free love—lots and lots of free love—and rock & roll and Zap Comix and you know the rest. READ MORE

on writing a fan letter to harlan ellison

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WE SPENT A WEEK IN JUNE at Ocean Shores on the west coast of Wash­ington. It was our first time there, and the first time I had been near an ocean in al­most thirty years! While I in­tended to spend a lot of time in the water—whose tem­per­a­ture was in the mid-50s—and be in­volved in sundry so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, I also planned on doing some reading. READ MORE