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The End Of A Sixties Dream?

An Interview With Stephen Gaskin

Things did happen. We got out of Vietnam. We made it so that you couldn’t run a racist society separate from the rest of the United States, so that the Constitution reached down into corners of Alabama and Mississippi. We got rid of a President who was a tyrant. We brought new forms of education to other countries through the Peace Corps. There was a tremendous cultural flowering that took place. All flowers eventually curl up. But the significance of the flower is in the seed. The seeds were planted.

The Sun Interview

Broken Bond

An Interview With Joseph Chilton Pearce

My first and only attempt at interviewing Joseph Chilton Pearce was a spectacular flop. Either he was tired, or I was, but very little that he said made sense to me. I was disappointed, because I’d heard remarkable things about this former professor of humanities, best known for his book, Magical Child, which is about the natural development of children and society’s cruel violation of nature’s plan.


Eating Rattlesnake

He didn’t own the cabin, but somehow he had come to be the one who decided who could live there. He said I could move in if I would shave my beard off. That seemed cheap enough rent, so I scissored it dose and borrowed the tools, shaved my face clean.


Before my father died I loved my mother, but now it’s different. I can no longer go to her, put my arms around her, or anything like that. She has become somehow strange to me, and so, not lovable.

Readers Write

A Simpler Life

No matter how much so many of us have done to lead a simpler life, we haven’t done very well, it seems. Our efforts have been too contrived, too outside-in, and thus contained in themselves the problems of complexity. I don’t think one can try to live simply any more that one can try to be spontaneous or try to be oneself.

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Where there is great love, there are always miracles. Miracles rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming to us from afar, but on our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.

Willa Cather

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