You have an interesting perspective and one that I've seen before: It is an
insurmountable challenge to capture the sixties outside the Vietnam soldier
framework without falling prey to cliches and idiosyncratic reminiscing -- a
hollow nostalgia. That may explain the paucity of sixties' literature -- both
critically and commercially successful fiction -- outside the Vietnam war
We just honored the 25th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War and the
30th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre. With the passage of time has
come perspective and maturity -- and maybe even market readiness. Writers
should now be able to capture the adventure and meaning of the domestic
sixties with more universally satisfying characters, stories and anecdotes,
while entertaining and enlightening in the traditions of quality fiction.
You may be aware that members of this list plan to create a Web site to serve
as an anthology of sample chapters from their sixties-focused novels -- some
finished, some underway. Those willing to take this leap must have faith that
a new genre awaits its heroes.
I am interested in yours and other's comments about this.
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