Okay, Christmas is coming and I’m going to need a few books to read. I’d like to get through 3 if possible so I need to get thinking about what to read. I came across the following video recently, and was immediately transported 16 years into the past, to a time when I was studying at university and enjoying the freedoms that accompanied this period of my life. One of those freedoms included having more time to read than I have now.
During this time, I was given a copy of Charles Bukowski’s Post Office, which was a hilariously vulgar description of alternative-living in 50’s and 60’s America. It deals with ideas explored by the Beat Generation, a literary movement which represented the American counter-culture at that time.
So in this moment of crisis, general disaffection with politics and distrust of the ruling classes, it could be refreshing to re-read some of those writers, those who looked at life from another side of the social divide.