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Fictional evocations of the "counter-cultural" sixties


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Initial post: Aug 16, 2009 10:10:56 AM PDT
Well, although "Inherent Vice" is excellent, I'd hazard the claim that it's less true to, or memorable on, the counter-cultural 60s (and just after) than Maxine Kong Kingston's masterpful "Tripmaster Monkey," not to speak of such evocative non fiction as Wolf's "Electric Cool Aid Acid test" and Mailer's "Armies of the Night."

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:06:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 7:51:05 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
JAMES ELLROY - Blood's A Rover is a good fiction book during the counter-cultural sixties.

Blood's a Rover Themes: MLK, Bobby Kennedy, hippies, Howard Hughes, COINTELPRO, E. Hoover, Sirhan Sirhan, Agent Provocateurs, Black Panthers, Operation MK Ultra, Weather Underground, Voodoo....and more.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:10:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 7:49:49 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
T.C. BOYLE - Drop City

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:14:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 7:50:21 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
HUNTER S. THOMPSON - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:20:17 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
And don't forget: Mr. Natural; Keep on Truckin'; Fritz the Cat; Fat Freddy's Cat; Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:22:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 7:47:57 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
RICHARD BRAUTIGAN - Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar
NORMAN MAILER - The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History
WILLIAM KOTZWINKLE - The Fan Man
KEN KESEY - Sometimes a Great Notion (Penguin Classics)
TOM ROBBINS - Another Roadside Attraction

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:37:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 7:52:36 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
THOMAS PYNCHON - The Crying of Lot 49, Vineland (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) & Inherent Vice

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:44:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 7:48:49 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
GURNEY NORMAN - Divine Right's Trip : A Novel of the Counterculture

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 11:54:11 AM PDT
On the speculative fiction side there's Lisa Mason's "Summer of Love" set in Haight Ashbury at the height of the flower children invasion.

Summer of Love

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 3:41:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2009 3:47:56 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
Odyssey: 1970
by John W. Cassell

/A glance at the glossery has signs of some countercultural themes, I'd say/

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2009 6:29:11 PM PDT
DSK says:
The Kesey book is Notion, not Nation !! But I agree that it is a wonderful book. Don't ever see the movie, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2009 7:44:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2009 7:45:17 PM PDT
Fetsch says:
Thanks! made the change.Sometimes a Great Notion (Penguin Classics)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 8:42:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2009 11:19:04 AM PST
Fetsch says:
RUDY WURLITZER - Nog.

Originally published by Random House in 1969, Nog became a universally revered cult novel and a symbol of the countercultural movement.

Writing about Nog, Pynchon proclaimed: "Wow, this is some book, I mean, it's more than a beautiful and heavy trip, it's also very important in an evolutionary way, showing us directions we could be moving in - hopefully another sign that the Novel of Bull**** is dead and some kind of re-enlightenment is beginning to arrive, to take hold. Rudolph Wurlitzer is really, really good, and I hope he manages to come down again soon, long enough anyhow to guide us on another one like Nog." -Thomas Pynchon

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 8:44:37 AM PST
Fetsch says:
Since your correction I went out and bought the book and probably will finish reading it later today. Great, memorable book.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 11:14:57 AM PST
Fetsch says:
Terry Southern - Candy, The Magic Christian (Terry Southern), Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 11:35:09 AM PST
Fetsch says:
ESTHER FREUD - Hideous Kinky: A Novel

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 11:53:57 AM PST
Fetsch says:
ROBERT WARD - Shedding Skin
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