Diggers & Coyote

Jeffrey Apfel (japfel@risd.edu)
Mon, 06 Jul 1998 09:23:14 -0400

Just finished Peter Coyote's Digger memoir "Sleeping Where I Lie". Any
reactions from this list to this book? I'm especially interested in any
reaction on the part of Michael Doyle, whose dissertation was on the S.
F. Diggers.

I found the book very informative and well-written, as was Ringolevio,
Emmett Grogan's memoirs of the same period. Grogan's muscular prose
seemed a continuation of his hyperhip, hyperaggressive persona; Coyote's
witty and more elegant prose is probably a continuation of his. Coyote
says that his role in the various "tribes" he was a member of was as an
explainer, that he has a natural gift for explaining things clearly and
simply. This is true. He makes an admirable tour guide to the
happenings of the late sixties and early seventies, making motivations,
ideas and theories far clearer than they probably felt at the time.