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Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

A Child Tonight

I wanted to touch him, hold him and laugh with him, show him something — just one thing — good about the world, but I couldn’t think of anything just then. I wanted to fold his mother into me, whoever she was, and love her, build for myself and these two people I didn’t even know a world where laughter and gentleness is possible, not distorted.

By Gary Phillips May 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Sy’s New York Diary

Everyone in high, high heels, reaching for heaven, an eyebrow raised above the clouds, trying to see.

By Sy Safransky April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

An Awakening

I was sitting in a restaurant in Bombay enjoying a dosa masala for lunch when David popped in and asked if I would be interested in going to Ahmednagar with him.

By Nathan Brenowitz April 1974


Religion. Yeah.

By Van Fitchett April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Important Difference

Self-righteous attempts at conventional religion; experiments with grass, acid, speed; chanting Hare Krishna down Fifth Avenue; endless wanderings around the earth — so began the search for enlightenment among my friends more than 10 years ago. It’s hard to see if anyone has become enlightened, and if they have, they haven’t become better human beings for it.

By Judy Bratten April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Space Seed, Space Egg

High up just inside the dome of the great public domain, there is being prepared now a World’s Fair, a great unveiling.

By Jason April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

TM: Touching The Source

Like everyone, I was looking for inner peace and happiness. There were the days of booze and drugs. The two hours each day of Yoga positions which included breathing exercises that almost blew my head off. Concentrative meditation which was preceded by a primal scream for everyone to be quiet.

By Tommy Dean April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Good Heavens

To come to an understanding of the intrinsic workings of everyday life, primitive man sought order amidst the chaos of his existence. Tides came in and washed over ground that was dry and untouchable only days before. Cold made barren the lushness of a summer forest.

By Stephen Martin April 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


Astrological notation

Astrological notation, rows of numbers, and the arcane symbolism of the Tarot filled the page.

By Sy Safransky April 1974