Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Alternative '60s Culture for the Holidays
Having swung into 1960s mode for the holidays--replicating the life-style of a ‘60s housewife is my technique for coping this year--I am baking fruitcake for gifts, planning my Xmas menu from a period Betty Crocker cookbook, and trying to put together an authentic outfit (how hard can this be? Jeans, jeans, or jeans!). I also (briefly) experimented with a Barbie bubble cut before flattening my hair into the usual no-nonsense drip-dry "do." Since I would never have pouffed my hair in the ‘60s--indeed my friends and I all wore it long and straight back in the day--this was out of character, and I am SO glad I haven't wasted months of my life on “hairdressing,” because eek! The Sixties was not just about fashion, though the Rolling Stones, Julie Christie, Star Trek, Glenda Jackson, and Barbie were part of my life. It was about ideas. It was about art. It was about rebelling. It was about BOOKS!
However hip people were, they were not reading just "alternative culture" books. Some of Rumer Godden’s best novels were written in the ‘60s. Elizabeth Goudge’s popular The Scent of Water was written in 1963 - and some of us think this was her best book even though this wasn't her era.
But below is a list of other books I actually read in the ‘60s that were published in the ‘60s! Have fun. They will propel you into another age (perhaps).
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
The Strawberry Statement by James Simon Kunen
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kauffmann
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Slouching towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Dune by Frank Herbert
Posted by Frisbee at 6:56 PM