The Sixties

Book by Jenny Diski

  • Published: Aug 16, 2020

A brilliant, alternative take on sixties swinging London, Jenny Diski offers radical reconsiderations of the social, political, and personal meaning of that turbulent era. What was Jenny Diski doing in the sixties? A lot dropping out, taking drugs, buying... read more

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Details of The Sixties

Exact title of the book
The Sixties
Book author
Jenny Diski
ISBN
9781429928168
Book series
BIG IDEAS//small books
Publisher
Picador
Published
Sep 01, 2009
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
160
File size (in PDF)
1440 kB

Some brief overview of book

A brilliant, alternative take on sixties swinging London, Jenny Diski offers radical reconsiderations of the social, political, and personal meaning of that turbulent era. What was Jenny Diski doing in the sixties? A lot dropping out, taking drugs, buying clothes, having sex, demonstrating, and spending time in mental hospitals.

Now, as Diski herself turns sixty years old, she examines what has been lost in the purple haze of nostalgia and selective memory of that era, what endures, and what has always been the same. From the vantage point of London, she takes stock of the Sexual Revolution, the fashion, the drug culture, and the psychiatric movements and education systems of the day. What she discovers is that the ideas of the sixties often paved the way for their antithesis, and that by confusing liberation and libertarianism, a new kind of radicalism would take over both in the UK and America.

Witty, provocative, and gorgeously written, Jenny Diski promises to feed your head with new insights about everything that was, and is, the sixties.

About author

DISKI is the author of eight novels and two books of travelmemoir. Her journalism appears regularly in The London Review of Books.

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