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The Portable Sixties Reader by Ann Charters
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The Portable Sixties Reader (2003)

by Ann Charters (Editor)

Other authors: Edward Abbey (Contributor), Sherman Alexie (Contributor), James Baldwin (Contributor), Amiri Baraka (Contributor), Donald Barthelme (Contributor)84 more, Wendell Berry (Contributor), John Berryman (Contributor), Douglas Blazek (Contributor), Robert Bly (Contributor), Kay Boyle (Contributor), Richard Brautigan (Contributor), Lenny Bruce (Contributor), Charles Bukowski (Contributor), William S. Burroughs (Contributor), Jim Carroll (Contributor), Rachel Carson (Contributor), Carlos Castaneda (Contributor), Ann Charters (Contributor), Robert Chatain (Contributor), Eldridge Cleaver (Contributor), R. G. Davis (Contributor), Diane Di Prima (Contributor), Bob Dylan (Contributor), Lee Felsenstein (Contributor), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Contributor), Betty Friedan (Contributor), Allen Ginsberg (Contributor), Nikki Giovanni (Contributor), David Lance Goines (Contributor), Andrew Gordon (Contributor), Emmett Grogan (Contributor), Marilyn Hacker (Contributor), Michael Herr (Contributor), Abbie Hoffman (Contributor), John Clellon Holmes (Contributor), Robert Hunter (Contributor), Charles Richard Johnson (Contributor), Hettie Jones (Contributor), Richard Kampf (Contributor), Bob Kaufman (Contributor), Ken Kesey (Contributor), Martin Luther King, Jr. (Contributor), Etheridge Knight (Contributor), Yusef Komunyakaa (Contributor), Ron Kovic (Contributor), Timothy Leary (Contributor), Don L. Lee (Contributor), Denise Levertov (Contributor), Robert Lowell (Contributor), Michael Lydon (Contributor), Archibald MacLeish (Contributor), Haki R. Madhubuti (Contributor), Dave Mandel (Contributor), Peter Matthiessen (Contributor), Michael McClure (Contributor), Country Joe McDonald (Contributor), Thomas Merton (Contributor), Kate Millett (Contributor), Janice Mirikitani (Contributor), N. Scott Momaday (Contributor), Anne Moody (Contributor), Larry Neal (Contributor), Tim O'Brien (Contributor), Charles Olson (Contributor), Dan Paik (Contributor), Rosa Parks (Contributor), Sylvia Plath (Contributor), Allen Polite (Contributor), Dudley Randall (Contributor), Ishmael Reed (Contributor), Carolyn M. Rodgers (Contributor), Muriel Rukeyser (Contributor), Edward Sanders (Contributor), Richard Schmorleitz (Contributor), Anne Sexton (Contributor), Gary Snyder (Contributor), Valerie Solanas (Contributor), Susan Sontag (Contributor), Gloria Steinem (Contributor), Hunter Thompson (Contributor), Sally Tomlinson (Contributor), Calvin Trillin (Contributor), Eric Von Schmidt (Contributor), Diane Wakoski (Contributor), Alice Walker (Contributor), Lew Welch (Contributor), Eudora Welty (Contributor), Malcom X (Contributor), Al Young (Contributor)

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This book is filled from front to back in all 628 of its pages with hate, prejudice, despair, disgust, delusion, sickness, love, happiness, faith, civility, truth, and humanity; in short, it is a wonderful compendium of writings from (and sometimes about) the 1960s in America and the experience of that turbulent decade did to the American mass consciousness. I wasn't there for the 60s, but I think that this book does a very good job of capturing the spirit of times as best as it can be captured. The only objection I might raise is that Charters is rather biased in her selections; I would have liked to have heard equally from the apparently conservative majority of Americans who voted Nixon into office as much as from the radical Left who opposed him; I would have liked to have read something in support of the Vietnam War and against Civil Rights just as much as the many writings which argue vociferously from the opposite position. It would have made for a more balanced read, I believe. ( )
1 vote davidpwithun | Sep 16, 2011 |
A really good collection of writings and materials from the 60s at a very affordable price. ( )
  EThorelli | Mar 15, 2011 |
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Walker, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Art is an expression of man's desire for life. In and with the work of art, the artist creates an atmosphere for himself, a world, in which he can live according to his secret needs, in which he can experience such sensations as his senses desire, and such emotions as his soul craves.

—Richard Bergh, Om Konst och Annat
Stockholm, 1908
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This book is dedicated to Samuel Charters, for all of the reasons I love him.
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From civil rights to free love, JFK to LSD, Woodstock to the Moonwalk, the Sixties was a time of change, political unrest, and radical experiments in the arts, sexuality, and personal identity. In this anthology of more than one hundred selections of essays, poetry, and fiction by some of America’s most gifted writers, Ann Charters sketches the unfolding of this most turbulent decade.

The Portable Sixties Reader is organized into thematic chapters, from the Civil Rights movement to the Anti-Vietnam movement, the Free Speech movement, the Counterculture movement, drugs and the movement into Inner Space, the Beats and other fringe literary movements, the Black Arts movement, the Women’s movement, and the Environmental movement. The concluding chapter, “Elegies for the Sixties,” offers tributes to ten figures whose lives—and deaths—captured the spirit of the decade.

Contributors include:

Edward Abbey, Sherman Alexie, James Baldwin, Richard Brautigan, Lenny Bruce, Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Jim Carroll, Rachel Carson, Carlos Castenada, Bob Dylan, Betty Friedan, Nikki Giovanni, Michael Herr, Abbie Hoffman, Robert Hunter, Ken Kesey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Timothy Leary, Denise Levertov, Norman Mailer, Malcolm X, Country Joe McDonald, Kate Millet, Tim O’Brien, Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, Gloria Steinem, Hunter S. Thompson, Calvin Trillin, Alice Walker, Eudora Welty and more.

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