Discussion in 'Off Topic Abyss' started by electric funeral, Apr 30, 2010.
just finished Animal Farm the other night
Joyland has been gathering dust in my other office since 2016....must get to reading it soon.
Starting to read these....
Part of an interesting, but purely escapist alternative history series.
Waiting for this to get delivered.
“John Perry Barlow was the dawn of digital rights for so many—including me. Mother American Night leaves no doubt why he is remembered as the first ‘Poet Laureate of Cyberspace.' Optimistic, beautiful, and often hilarious, this memoir not only recounts some of the most important battles in the first two decades of the internet, but also Barlow’s indelible footprint on American art, politics, and culture over the last fifty years."
“Barlow, a man of many identities (the single most famous of which is probably songwriter for the Grateful Dead), has lived the kind of life it would normally take a handful of people to live, and this autobiography… contains one fascinating story after another, a glorious exploration of America’s counterculture, its political underpinnings, its spirit of adventure. Barlow takes us behind the scenes of the Grateful Dead at the height of their popularity, Dick Cheney’s first gubernatorial campaign, the childhood of John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Andy Warhol’s famous Factory (among other things); his stories are full of laughter and bittersweet memories and—occasionally—some dark moments. Readers will be swept up in this man’s amazing life.”
“It is a privilege to read the story of John Perry Barlow’s life in his own words. The topology of his tropology was utterly unique; the man was part Socrates, part John Wayne, part Loki, part Lord Byron, part Tesla, part Kennedy, part Reagan, part Internet Guru and bonafide Acidhead. That his diminutive frame managed to contain the vast infinity of his being is its own kind of miracle.”
—SEAN ONO LENNON
“Mother American Night is one of those books where you sit down to read the opening chapter, but then can’t put it down until you finished it cover-to-cover. The colorful and (almost) unbelievable stories that John Perry tells, weaved together with his trademark prose, make you feel like you were there with him at the center of so many cultural touchstones since the 1960s. However, it’s his tales of fighting against injustice and fighting for free speech and privacy that I cherished the most. Reading Mother American Night reminds me of everything that made him such an American Original in the first place.”
I'm reading The Fourth Dimension by the greek poet Yiannis Ritsos
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