these are the timesdirty beloved


Men and women tramps near the station
Three Siberian people
W.B. Moore, 1910

Two women walking along street, Natchez, Mississippi
Ben Shahn October, 1935

Nuns clamming on Long Island


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Quotation of the Day:

“It used to be a piece of good advice to all young writers to avoid alliteration; and the advice was sound, in so far as it prevented daubing. None the less for that, was it abominable nonsense, and the mere raving of those blindest of the blind who will not see. The beauty of the contents of a phrase, or of a sentence, depends implicitly upon alliteration and upon assonance.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Location: New York
Celebrity: Brittney Spears

She was in the restaurant I was working at and she ordered toast! (i guess she was on a diet) she had a cigerette in her hand and as i walked away she stuck the toast in her pants!

Life in Los Angeles in the 20th century was not nearly as dull as you've been led to believe.
There were giants in those days, really, and beings from other worlds arriving constantly.
There was abundance, and a tolerance of blemish unknown today.
There was celebration.
There was ceremony, and ritual.
There was worship.
Women were on the rise to positions formerly occupied solely by men.
The printed word was held in high esteem.
All classes and levels of society were encouraged to participate in the many festivities such clement weather made possible all year round.
Travel was slower then, but quite varied and far less restrictive, all in all.


Man sleeping on sidewalk, near downtown Los Angeles, 1980
photo archive
Chris Gulker

Reading Light
Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin
Shots Magazine
link path
Jessica Joslin's flickr site j_naturalia

Self-Portrait as Thing in the Forest III
Julie Heffernan
Lisa Sette

Badass fishing
Chrissy Angliker

link Barbara's Blog

Some confusion yet resides among them:

On October 6, 1966, LSD was made illegal and all scientific research programs on the drug were shut down.
LSD was first synthesized in 1938 and discovered to be psychoactive in 1943. It became popular in the '60's and was made illegal in 1967
October 6, 1955 in History
LSD made illegal in U.S.
Oct 6|LSD made illegal in the US
LSD was legal in the United States until 1967

The October 6, 1966 date gets the majority vote, and it jibes with my recollection.
My recollection being taking it, legally, in late September 1966, and seeing it abruptly made illegal two weeks later.
Fred Turner, in a piece excerpted from his book From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, in The Edge, glosses the Trips Festival segment of Brand's history a little, kind of like Tom Wolfe did, and partially, I think, from having read and absorbed Wolfe's facile take on all that wild profusion:

Toward the end of 1965, Brand and Ramón Sender Barayón, a composer of electronic music and a friend of USCO's Michael Callahan, thought up the Trips Festival as a way to bring the burgeoning scene together. Together, they found promoter Bill Graham (then a member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe) and hired the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco for three nights: Friday, January 21, through Sunday, January 23. By this time, the federal government had outlawed LSD, so posters promised an Acid Test—a full-blown psychedelic experience—without LSD.
Turner writes "According to Tom Wolfe, it was also the start of the Haight-Ashbury era", deflecting the onus for having said that, but getting the line out there anyway.
Conception's notoriously difficult to draw lines on. Whatever that was - era or moment - it was already well alive by then.

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