Fascinating. As someone on the plus side of 50 having lived through the age of LSD while managing to miss it completely, this book explained then stripped away the many layers of mystique associated with the drug. Anyone reading this with an open mind will be left with simple truths about LSD and its purpose(s).
I read somewhere that Kerouac didn't just start writing his well known works one day out of the blue, but worked long and hard at his craft. 'Atop An Underwood' is good evidence to support that claim. These are the early works of a writer in the making, probably more interesting to anyone seeking background or biographical information, but definitely enlightening to any fans of writing or the writer.
Combine elements of William S. Burroughs, Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted), Neal Cassady, Hunter S. Thompson and yes, her own father Jack Kerouac, and the result is a fascinating, well written interesting glimpse of life on the edge during the Beat/Counter Culture eras.
If, like me, you can recall the 'good ole days' of frequent community participation and involvement in the areas covered by Putnam - and have ever wondered what happened to make things change - you'll find this book facsinatingly depressing. Don't be put off by the large numbers and charts and graphs employed. They only amplify the author's message. Prior to reading Bowling Alone I often wondered what had happened to society to make us less involved with each other (thinking many times it was just me) but now have a better understanding of just how common and widespread the experience is.
Using modern labels, I'm probably more of an a-political Libertarian but this book made me think. Written in a no non-sense style Goldwater makes his case and made me wonder "what if?". Recommended to anyone who tends to take either side in the "us versus them" arena of politics. The longest section of the book, "The Soviet Menace", is of course dated but Goldwater did foresee the "internal disintegration of the Communist empire". All other topics are still relevant today.
Trudeau's characters before Doonesbury was syndicated. Not as polished and rougher around the edges than what we see today with a youthful take on anarchy, sex, sports, race and college life in general.
The horrific realities of war as seen by a child. Though Spielburg adapted the novel for his 1987 film, there are differences. The book is somewhat darker as it presents the details of a bleak dystopia created by war.
Mailer's collection of observations on sports, arts, literature, politics and society during the late 1960's - early 1970's. Some sections might more enjoyable than others based on a given reader's interests.
Assuming some understanding and appreciation of a writer's era and his environment, this book is another "chapter" in the life of someone whose efficient yet effective use of language helped document the events of his day. For 'beat' followers, Ginsberg does speak out on the deaths of Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac in these pages.
For anyone who has only read about Abbie Hoffman in his own words, 'For The Hell Of it' offers a broader view of his life. This book also helps explain why the radical youth movement of the '60s seemed to disappear as the '70s progressed. Enlightening but also depressing to understand how Hoffman's long time problems finally took over and ended his life. The included bibliography is a good source for continued reading.
Gripping emotional autobiography by the son of the USMC's most decorated and famous Marine who decided to follow his father's path. It came very close to killing him and his long journey thru recovery is painful and enlightning. A wide eyed view and critique of America's participation in and subsequent coming to terms with the Vietnam conflict.
Comedy writer Jack Douglas(1909-1989), best known for his contributions to TV including The Jack Paar Show and Laugh-In, takes a generally amusing look at various episodes of his own life up to when this was written in the early '60s.
Thinly fictionalized account of the founders of the "beat generation" in their early times before fame brought them a wider audience. Ginsberg, Kerouac, Cassady and others, all under pseudonyms, figure prominently in this engrossing story of daily life on the edge of something they knew they wanted but were striving to understand and explain. Highly recommended for students of that era.
Let me say first that Malzberg can write in a way I really enjoy, but I do have a complaint and maybe it isnt even his fault, but the spine and front cover include the words science fiction, however there isnt even a hint of sci-fi contained inside. Maybe blame it on the publisher's marketing department? Political or psychological thriller, character study or maybe just an interesting read but I felt cheated at the lack of anything involving space or time travel, menacing or misunderstood aliens and the overall exclusion of anything scientific.
When a battalion of Marines reservists are ordered on a thirty-six mile forced march during training they fight with their own bodies to complete the mission and in a battle of wills against the officer who gave the order.