Tagged: 1960s

Lit rec #244: “Love is the bone and sinew of my curse” (1960).

“I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress/Your fluted bones and acanthine hair are littered” Eternal,raw. THE COLOSSUS by Sylvia Plath



Lit rec #233: “Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around.” (1961)

Elegiac & ruthless. A 1950s marriage & divorce that has no winner. Unbelievably, his debut novel! REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Richard Yates.


Lit rec #221: “Dally was so real he scared me.” One of the many characters brought to life by a teenage first-time writer (1967).

Intense, better than West Side Story. Written by a 16 yr old girl after watching a kid get beat up. THE OUTSIDERS by Susan E. Hinton


Lit rec #218: “How beautifully he spoke! He picked every word” (1967).

Cortazar at his most charming, repressingly banal. Plus, the best short story about dog-sitting. “AT YOUR SERVICE” by Julio Cortazar



Lit rec #186: First Literature Supporters Club Pick from the famed Frankfurt School (1964).

Bye-bye freedom & imagination & good conversation. Hello, post-modern capitalism. ONE-DIMENSIONAL MAN by Herbert Marcuse



Lit rec #170: Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal until, to her surprise, her parents grant her wish (1964).

Based on his 4 daughters & friends;main char brilliantly turned into a badger by Garth Williams. BREAD&JAM FOR FRANCES by Russell Hoban.



Lit rec #148: In 1968, Baldwin took her to a dinner party at the cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s house. Angelou charmed guests with stories of her childhood; the next day, Feiffer’s wife called editor Robert Loomis at Random House and said that he should get Angelou to write a memoir. When he brought it up, Angelou said, “Absolutely not.” Loomis replied, “It’s just as well, because to write an autobiography as literature is just about impossible.” Angelou, who liked a challenge, said, “I’ll start tomorrow.” (1969)

Searing. James Baldwin called it “a Biblical study of life in the midst of death”. I KNOW WHY A CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou