Sunday, June 05, 2016
What was the most eye-opening to me was how self-aware about the scene itself most people seemed. I thought that things were still in pretty full bloom in 68, but the people here are all well aware of how many of the "hippies" are just upper middle class kids coming in from the suburbs for the weekend, about how commercial things had become and about how dependent (or derived from) drugs the culture was. It's sort of depressing to see how little we have learned as a society since then. One guy, a chemistry professor, talks about how he can't wait for us to properly embrace marijuana and study it so it can be understood and applied properly. That only took us 50 more years and a devastating "war" on drugs and we are only now starting to figure that out.
A good read, but its seriousness made me want to jump back into my Freak Brothers omnibus!