“An engrossing oral history of the youth rebellion of the 1960s…Baby boomers will find themselves infuriated once again by vivid accounts of the My Lai massacre, the Kent State and Jackson State shootings, and other tumultuous events.” Here’s a review of Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul.
“When [John Colapinto's] agent, Lisa Bankoff of ICM Partners, began submitting the manuscript for his second novel in 2013, Mr. Colapinto expected several offers. Perhaps there would even be a bidding war. But according to the author, 41 publishers, including every major house in New York, turned it down.” Here’s the story behind Undone.
“A former staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, recalls her childhood in Fairfield, Iowa, in the 1980s and ’90s, on a 272-acre campus established by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to promote Transcendental Meditation, spiritual enlightenment, and world peace.” Here’s a review of Greetings from Utopia Park: Surviving a Transcendent Childhood.
“Doesn’t everybody love monsters? Monsters of one kind or another? They’re just so much bigger than the norm and that’s enticing, exciting.” Here’s Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom).
Says novelist Richard Ford: “Stories are created. It isn’t as if they’re ‘out there’ waiting in some Platonic hyper-space like unread emails. They aren’t. Writers make stories up. It might be that when stories turn out to be good they then achieve a quality of inevitability, of there seeming to have been a previously existing and important space that they perfectly fill. But that isn’t what’s true. I’m sure of it. A story makes its own space and then fills it.”
“It used to be that we had a media system in which you had three people who would tell you the way it was every night on the nightly news, you had one newspaper per city — if you were lucky you had two — and then you had the local rags and the ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ journals,” says Ari Rabin-Havt (Lies, Incorporated). “You had Walter Cronkite, and that’s the way it was. Now we’ve switched to a world of unlimited media bandwidth: the ability for every niche to have its own news outlets. That is good and healthy, but the problem is that people can only hear one perspective. We are limited by our own bubbles. We exist with, and speak to, people who are most like us.”