Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "The Hippies"
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Taped on September 3, 1968
Hold onto your hat for this free-for-all among four men who aren't simply coming from different directions--they're in different universes. Sanders: "The problem with terms like 'hippie' is that they have a definition forced on them by the media. . . . And you know, you can't rely on the name 'hippie' to include a human being, you know, everything about a particular human being. You know?" Yablonsky: "I kinda disagree with that. I spent last year traveling around the country, various communes and various--Haight Ashbury, Lower East Side, various city scenes, and there was an identifiable . . . people trying, searching for some loving solutions to society's ills, trying to tune in to the cosmos, whatever that means." . . . Buckley: "To what extent do you believe the Beat Generation is related to the hippies . . . ?" Kerouac: "I'm 46 years old, these kids are 18, but it's the same movement, which is apparently some kind of Dionysian movement, in late civilization, which I did not intend, any more than, I suppose, Dionysus did, or whatever his name was. Although I'm not Dionysus to your Euripides, I should have been."
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I am sorry for anyone whose only exposure to Kerouac is this show. Here he is already destroyed by alcohol, very drunk, bored, and acting obnoxiously. Of historical interest is Kerouac's famous repudiation of his long-time friend Allen Ginsberg in the last moments of the program.
For anyone wanting to see the beauty of Kerouac before he was really sick, check out the video of him on the Steve Allen Show, where he reads from On the Road.
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Kerouac is the consummate tortured genius. As the other jokers spit rhetoric in steady streams Ol Jack brings a semblance of sensibility and makes you love him even if sometimes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are a fan of Jack Kerouac, this is an interview you must see, as, it shows the many dimensions of the complex man and author who has been called the father of the "Beat... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bob
Good show yes a bit dry for some. Yes Mr Buckley sounds like a pompuous ass.
piece of history. interesting statement by someone about Nixon before he was elected in 1968 (if... Read more
Buckley, as usual, engaging, humorous, and incisive. He always seemed to select guests with whom he could spar intellectually on a high level. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by M. L. McCormick
the title is misleading. They really don't get that into it. Eh, just not much going on in it. Over-titled.Published on December 15, 2012 by D