To our new moderator-person ...
I sent this a couple of weeks ago. Thought it might be of interest to some of
the folks on the list.
You may recall the nascent effort by some of us on the Sixties-L list to Web
publish selected chapters from our sixties-oriented novels. We didn't quite
succeed, but I think some of us who worked together on this ambitious virtual
project gained from the experience.
Anyway, I also found value in the Sixties-L Personal Narrative Project and am
gratified to see that my narrative is still posted. It looks like the site
has come to a stall in terms of discussions and so forth.
I am pasting below a press release about an achievement related to Sixties-L.
It was on your site that I found the impetus and encouragement to proceed --
maybe even earn a virtual colleague in Paula Friedman.
If you have any suggestions for electronic dissemination of this press
release, I will be most appreciative.
Award-winning novel examines Vietnam War era from another battlefield
perspective Americas universities
Madeleine Mellini, 719-684-9085
Brent Green, 303-743-0140; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Denver, Colo., May 4, 2000 Brent Green, a 1972 graduate of the University
of Kansas and former student activist, will publish in June his literary
novel "Noble Chaos," an unadulterated account of the Vietnam War era from the
viewpoint of college students. This is the first and only historical fiction
book that captures the turbulent sixties in the bellicose framework of a
Like most of the nations universities during 1969 and 1970, KU was under
siege. Events on campus reflected the national mood of civil insurgence,
protest marches over the Vietnam War, and shifting cultural and social
values. Greens novel fictionalizes many of these momentous episodes,
including the National Vietnam War Moratorium, bombing of the Student Union,
and a violent blockade of the Chancellors ROTC review.
"Noble Chaos" portrays the saga of Ryan Sterling, a nineteen-year-old junior
majoring in psychology. Like so many students of that time, Ryan traverses a
moral switchback. He withdraws from education while managing to remain on the
deans list; he defies authority while conforming to peer pressure; and he
consumes drugs while resisting dependency on psychoactive chemicals.
After seeking the safety of a steady love relationship, Ryan explores sexual
promiscuity. He joins his university comrades in protest of the Vietnam War
while questioning the patriotic implications. He devours philosophy,
psychology and literature to add meaning to his raging confusion. But
conflict is the price of his odyssey. Conflict carves rifts between Ryan, his
peers and society.
This novel characterizes a recondite chapter in history and conveys the
introspective struggles with traditional American values, said Green. In
addition to entertaining the reader, my desire is to raise important
questions about the individuals role in the political process. Maybe its
time to elevate the sixties antiwar uprising to the stature of other
history-defining social and political revolutions.
"Noble Chaos" is being published by an imprint of iUniverse.com, "Writers
Showcase presented by Writers Digest," and will be available on-line and in
selected bookstores by June 15, 2000.
About the Author
Brent Green has been a community organizer throughout his academic and
professional careers. During college in the late sixties and early seventies
at the University of Kansas, he chaired the influential Student Advisory
Committee. This vocal council challenged many unfashionable university
traditions and successfully persuaded administrators to change fundamental
Green has served on numerous community boards and organizing committees,
including the World Cycling Championships, Junior Achievements National
Business Leadership Hall of Fame Conference, and as president of the Colorado
Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.
He has been a copywriter and marketing strategist for twenty years, earning
over 50 local, regional, and national creative awards, including the
International Gold ECHO award from the Direct Marketing Association.
Based in Denver, his consulting firm has served a wide range of clients,
including Hewlett-Packard, the United States Olympic Committee, the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, and many high-profile Colorado companies.
As a fiction writer, Greens short story about alienation, entitled "Flight
of Fancy," received national recognition from "Writers Digest." He received
a similar accolade from "Writers Digest" a few years earlier for an essay
entitled, "Baby Boomers at Mid-life: Coming of Age Revisited."
An unpublished version of "Noble Chaos" received a literary award for
historical fiction from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in the organizations
"Colorado Gold" writing competition.
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