Re: Sixties novels (multiple responses)

drieux H. (drieux@WETWARE.COM)
Mon, 27 Jan 1997 10:26:34 -0800 (PST)

I remember having a problem in the seventies
when it was popular for english professors to
require students to read things like

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

that there was something structurally BROKEN
in the process. I would ask the Humanities Person
if I could Ditch out on having to see the Great
Cinema Classic,

The Graduate

on the grounds that I had seen it as a first release
and little in the intervening time had changed my
opinions on the film.

By the time I would finally eek out a passing grade
in that Art 101 class, for distribution, that was the
introduction to photography, the nice instructor noted
that as the term progressed my images had become 'darker'
and more ominous, and I noted to him that I would never
be able to go back to the Days Before I could do Photo Recon.
I can find SAM Sites, I can Find AAA Sites, I can find Radars,
but I will not shoot the same pictures my wide eyes saw in
naive wonder of my youth. Back when We joked about carrying
rolls of film like bandoliers.

May a part of the problem of selling 'sixties' novels rests
in part on the Unpleasantry, as noted, that those who were
committed in more than a passing manner, have remained so,
and need no stray pictures to remind them. Those who were
not, may not wish to be reminded.

Maybe it's a part of the basic problem of having a counter-culture
based upon living in the 'now' and not wishing to wistfully look
back at days gone by as 'the good old days'.......