On Leaving America – Part 15

Digging Up Bones – Part 4

Time Magazine Staff Letter Re: Haight Ashbury & Hippies
[Page 2 of 2 Pages]

IN SAN FRANCISCO MANY WORK AS POSTMEN (AND WILL WANT THAT STRANGE SIGHT DESCRIBED) BUT . . . WHAT ELSE DO THEY DO FOR BREAD. HAS THE DIGGER PHENOMENON SPREAD, WHEREBY ALTRUISTIC HIPPIES PROVIDE FOR,THEIR HUNGRY BRETHREN?  HOW D0 THEY GET THE GOODS? MUCH THEFT? ARE SQUARE BUSINESSMEN AND SHOPKEEPERS IN HIPPIE NEIGHBORHOODS SCARED Of THEM OR GROWING MORE TOLERANT?
WILL NEED SUBSTANTIAL PARAGRAPH OR TWO IN COVER TRACING THE HISTORY OF THE PHENOMENON AND RELATING IT TO THE BEATS Of THE 50s. HISTORICALLY, WHAT THERE KOOKY SUBCULTURES HAS THE WORLD BEEN BLESSED (OR CURSED) BY SOME HIPPIE WRITERS HAVE SEEN PARALLELS BETWEEN THE EARLY CHRISTIANS AND THE HIPPIES, INDEED THE ROMAN’S THOUGHT THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WERE DAFT, TOO.  WHAT ARE THE PHILOSOPHICAL AND CULTURAL ROOTS Of THE MANY ODD STRANDS IN THE HIPPIE SCENE?  NEED SHARP QUOTES FROM EXPERTS TO DOCUMENT THIS PLUS YOUR. OWN IDEAS.
WILL WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE HIPPIE BUSINESSMAN, THE PEOPLE WHO FEED OF THE HIPPIES AND RUN THE PSYCHODELICATESSANS, FILLMORE AUDITORIUMS, ROCK GROUPS,CAFES AND WHATEVER, THAT HIPPIES FREQUENT. HOW MUCH DO THEY MAKE? ANY FORTUNES YET?
SINCE WI.TH THE SUMMER VACATION STARTING WE ARE BOUND TO HAVE MORE CLASHES BETWEEN SQUARE SOCIETY (FUZZ) AND HIPPIES LIKE THAT IN MANHATTANS TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK THIS WEEK, WE WILL NEED GOOD’ ACTION AND DETAIL FOR NEWS PART OF OUR COVER. FOR THE REST PLEASE GO AT THE DESCRIPTION AND DELINEATION Of THE SUBCULTURE AS If YOU
WERE STUDYING THE ‘SAMOANS OR, THE TROBRIAND ISLANDERS – DETACHED, COOL, PLEADING NO CAUSES AND RESISTING THE TEMPTATION TO PUT THEM DOWN, BUT WITH PLENTY OF COLOR. WILL NEED BULK OF YOUR FILES IN NEW YORK BY SATURDAY NOON, JUNE 17. PLEASE ADVISE SOONEST OF ANY SOURCES UNREACHABLE BY YOU THAT OTHER BUREAUS SHOULD REACH. ALSO PLEASE KEEP AN EYE PEELED FOR GOOD PICTURE SITUATIONS SINCE THIS IS LARGELY TERRA INCOGNITA FOR US.

WE ARE CASTING A WIDE NET, TO ALL U S BUREAUS,TWO IN CANADA AND EIGHT OVERSEAS  POINTS FOR THIS STORY. PLEASE KEEP YOUR FILES BRIEF AND RELEVANT, IF THIS MEANS SIMPLY ADVISING US THERE’S NO HIPPY CULTURE WORTH TALKING ABOUT IN YOUR AREA, SO BE IT.

Human Be-In  Golden Gate Park San Francisco  1967

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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