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As I illustrate in my novels, "freaks" came – and still come – in many varieties. For some in the '60s and '70s, for example, the most intensely hippie experiences came while living in celibate, drug-free, vegetarian spiritual communities. One thing I'll attest: the daily life was nothing like the mass-media stereotypes.
Whatever an individual's role, the movement transformed American culture forever, pro and con. Just look at today's concerns for environmental responsibility, clean energy, sustainable economics, racial and sexual equality, peace and social justice witness, natural and organic foods, human-powered outdoor adventure, alternative health practices, yoga and Zen, the Internet – even before you get to the laid-back music and "rags" – and you'll see the hippie legacy's still in action.
My writing reflects that radical variety – sometimes mellow, sometimes groovy, sometimes surreal, sometimes outrageous. It's all part of the scene.
Each of my books is unique. You'll find no cookie-cutter formula of commercial genre but rather a restless desire to explore where the language and action want to go. Even when I revisit the same scene, as I do in "Hippie Drum" and "Hippie Love," each work has its own voice and style.
Here's an invitation to revive the vibe. Feel free to come along on the trip.
on Oct. 19, 2013 :
Hodson explores the period of young adulthood to which all of us can draw parallels: the search for someone and the search for meaning. The group at the farm stumbles along, acting and reacting to each other. An enjoyable book by an independent author most likely to be found on a site like Smashwords.
I appreciate the author's offering of a free book. I will be getting another.
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