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

ron cobb and the designing of the ecology symbol

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THE ECOLOGY SYMBOL has been with us so long that it looks and feels rather an­cient. That it re­sem­bles the Greek letter theta, which has been around for thou­sands of years, cer­tainly helps with its look of an­tiq­uity. In fact, it is less than fifty years old, an­other piece of today that orig­i­nated with the hippie-counterculture move­ment of The Six­ties. READ MORE

the influence of the beatles vs the influence of john lennon *

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IN AN ATTEMPT to reach more po­ten­tial readers for my blogs, I have taken to an­swering ques­tions posed on Quora. While the ques­tions posed run the gamut of the ra­tio­nality spec­trum, most of the an­swers pro­vided by readers are in­tel­li­gent and ar­tic­u­late. It’s a good site that claims to have more than 190,000,000 monthly unique vis­i­tors!

So the ques­tion was, “Is there any Bea­tles song that has in­flu­enced the world as much as John Lennon’s song Imagine has done? READ MORE

on bernie boston’s iconic “flower power” photograph of 1967

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LOOK AT THIS PHOTO! Is there an image any­where that says “The Six­ties” better than a longishly-haired young man peace­fully placing a flower in the barrel of a bay­o­neted rifle pointing in his di­rec­tion? This photo was taken in 1967 when few males out­side of the Haight-Ashbury sec­tion of San Fran­cisco had grown their hair very long. Con­se­quently, these pro­tes­tors look so clean-cut, so non-Sixties-ish. READ MORE

a blog about the sixties (because they didn’t just end with the ’60s)

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THIS IS A CONCEPT SITE—and anyone who was into rock in the ’60s or is a record col­lector now knows some­thing about ‘con­cept albums’—whose pur­pose is to present ar­ti­cles, es­says, and pic­to­rials about “the Six­ties,” ac­cen­tu­ating the pos­i­tive about the people, music, books, movies, art, and events that oc­curred then and which live on in fact or spirit decades later. 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

we’ve got to text ourselves back to the garden

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WOODSTOCK MUSIC & ART FAIR. Just the name of an event that took place al­most fifty years ago still con­jures im­ages in most peo­ple’s minds—regardless of age and often po­lit­ical and philo­soph­ical disposition—of youth in­no­cence joy, of music color summer, of end­less hori­zons and pos­si­bil­i­ties, of three days of peace and music.

And of one-on-one, person-with-person in­ti­macy, of being here now, of in­ti­macy and grokking the moment—even if the mo­ment is filled with prob­lems and in­con­ve­niences and even ac­tual hard­ships. READ MORE

babylon falling only strengthens our will to resist

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ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, I was searching for some im­ages on the in­ternet for an ar­ticle, the title of which is long for­gotten. I stum­bled over a site that con­tained thou­sands of im­ages, all scanned from un­der­ground news­pa­pers and sim­ilar al­ter­na­tive and coun­ter­cul­ture pub­li­ca­tions. Black and white to full color, most of them re­pro­duced in what looked like full size! READ MORE

what’s so funny about peace love and understanding? *

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I ENTERED COLLEGE in Sep­tember 1969. Nixon had been in of­fice less than a year and the war in Vietnam was on­going. The draft was also on­going but I had a stu­dent de­fer­ment. I was, of course, op­posed to the war and made my opinion and feel­ings known when­ever op­por­tu­nity al­lowed. Such as in my choice of at­tire.

My stan­dard dress in­cluded a pair of Lee’s boot-cut jeans ($2.99 at the Army-Navy Store) and black shirts. READ MORE