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.  [CONTINUE READING]

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. [CONTINUE READING]

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. [CONTINUE READING]

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. [CONTINUE READING]