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Attwood captured people whom I knew and places that I had been. He captured the conversations where we solved all of the world's problems. He activated my sense memories of sounds, of smells, of sights. I thought he either had a great memory, or had always been taking notes (but I don't remember him carrying a pad.)
Then I realized that Attwood writes fiction. He created the characters, the dialogue, the sets and the details. Like any writer he must have a storehouse of base information from which he fashions the details, then he does research. When he has finished it is true art.
This book purports to be about Lawrence Kansas in 1969 and 1970. I was there. I ended up in federal prison as a result of an alleged bombing conspiracy. I was personally in the middle of all this author mentions. I was ten feet from Nick Rice when he was shot dead by police in the midst of an unarmed crowd. I was suspected by the Feds of many acts described here in. I was friends with all the main players. This author was not. What I have read is a sorry shadow of the reality of what happened and does an injustice to it. I sympathize with the attempts of someone who was at most on the very fringe of what was really going on. I am not sure what the goal or intentions of this author were for this work, so I have no idea if he accomplished them or not. I can tell you though his descriptions of how historical events happened, even his description of acid/LSD border on the ridiculous. I suppose from the perspective of the author maybe history really seemed this way, maybe it really seemed that things just dropped from the sky, that making a revolution actually meant throwing a bottle and running home for a beer. I am being harsh, but only because there probably are things to be learned from our experiences, but no one is going to learn them here. So many books written about those times are, like this one, written by fringe players or are heavily romanticized, or are somehow apologetic. someday maybe someone, somewhere will actually write a piece of fiction that catches the reality, but it has not happened yet. Actually, I once tried and the result ended up being over a thousand pages long (no one in their right mind would pick up a thousand page novel by an unheard of author). I was asked to revise it way downward. I couldn't do it and by then it was the year 2000 and I couldn't figure why I was even writing this anymore. My generation has for too long has bored younger people with stories of the past. There is still plenty of work to do today. We can learn some lessons from the past, but we must look to the future, for as Marx once said, in another context, "...the thing however is to change it." Many of us have never given up the fight, have continued on learning from our mistakes and building on our successes. Many of us still work alongside those much younger and who are more filled with the energy and joy of youth. We learn from and support each other in the struggle for a better future. Maybe that is the book that now needs to be written....