tale of two books

Finished Ken Kesey’s novel ‘Sometimes A Great Notion Today’ today. It was probably the most exhausting book I’ve read. The detail Kesey included to describe logging in the Pacific Northwest plus the rough and tumble lives of all the characters was at a very high energy level which left me feeling somewhat drained. This afternoon I began and at the time I write this am 3/4 thru ‘Vote’ by Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Ed Sanders. I commented to someone that I had learned more useful information/insights/usable truths in the first 60 pages about the Yippie’s involvement in the 1972 Presidential party conventions in Miami Beach than I got out the entire 600 pages written by Kesey. (and no, I’ve not seen the movie version)


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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2 Responses to tale of two books

  1. Follow them up with Fear and Loathing on the Campaign trail ’72, by Hunter S. Thompson, and you’ll see an interesting 360 perspective.

    • marcsuttle says:

      I read Fear & Loathing many years ago. Also enjoyed ‘The Boys On The Bus’ by Timothy Crouse who wrote about just the reporters who followed the ’72 primaries. Hoffman/Rubin/Sanders mention some of the same incidents that appear in the other books. I was still (clueless) in high school at the time and remember the McGovern-Nixon contest for all the wrong reasons. The books helped clarify what happened much later for me.

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