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

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]

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we all had a crush on janet munro and hayley mills

THE ROUND PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is a web­site de­voted to sev­eral topics, one of which is movies—mostly older movies. Blog host/chief-cook-and-bottle-washer John Ross seems to love every kind of movie ever made and writes elo­quently and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about them. His ar­ti­cles and re­views reg­u­larly have me bor­rowing DVDs from the library. [Continue reading]

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

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! [Continue reading]

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

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. [Continue reading]

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a blog about “the sixties”

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. [Continue reading]

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

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 known when­ever op­por­tu­nity allowed—such as in choice of attire. [Continue reading]