By John Nichols

ISBN-10: 1571312536

ISBN-13: 9781571312532

John Nichols used to be raised by means of a kin as American because the Stars and Stripes. He loved a top-notch inner most college schooling and at 23 wrote a best-selling novel, The Sterile Cuckoo. At that time, he thought of himself “a baby blessed by means of the tradition and fated for delirious success.” even though, a visit to Guatemala derailed his golden-child lifestyles and set him on a truly assorted direction towards social and environmental activism. This e-book charts Nichols’s wealthy and sometimes tormented trip out of his sheltered middle-class existence towards a trust in what he calls “liberation ecology.”

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It's not easy to be genuinely compassionate in America. You have to reject a lot of stuff that our economists hold to be self-evident. When Alan Howard returned to New York in 1965 he took over my West Broadway apartment. Alan still loved Diana, a woman seriously radicalized by Central America. Ruby and I lived two blocks west in a sixfloor walk-up on Sullivan Street with our fearless cat, Swoboda. When our son Luke was born in 1966, we found another small place on East Seventh Street. While my personal and professional world became cluttered and stressful, Alan and I spent much time together talking, drinking wine, shooting pool at Milady's Bar on Prince Street.

But I had seriously embarked on a campaign to prove that content was more important than form. And this crusade kept me from writing another publishabie novel for eight years. The amazing thing is that it didn't render me 61 gaga, knitting formless purple sweaters on the ninthfloor lunatic ward at Bellevue Hospital. Watching the war on television every day, I absorbed the human face of the suffering we caused and I wrote about it in my diary. " American troops with Kodak Instamatics took pictures of rotting Viet Cong bodies.

A few years ago I was contacted by the producers of a PBS documentary miniseries. Making Sense of the Sixties. They interviewed me on camera for tv/o hours in a Santa Fe hotel room. How had the sixties affected me? Carefully, I described my political evolution and belief that through some form of socialist revolution we could reverse the environmental and social horrors of our time. In detail I explained how the sixties completely transformed my ideology, what I wrote, and how I wrote it. I listed the destructive traits of American capitalism and the injustices against people and natural resources that paid for them.

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