The 60s: The Story of a Decade – New Yorker

“… What ambition, what essays – or more accurately, what essayists! Among them: Rachel Carson and ‘The Silent Spring’, a manifesto which brought environmental issues to the attention of the American public. Truman Capote and ‘In Cold Blood’, about the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, which still exemplifies ‘the non-fiction novel’. And James Baldwin, who confronted the ‘cowardly obtuseness of white liberals’ – New Yorker readers – in a despatch from the Harlem of his childhood. William Shawn, the magazine’s distinguished and long-serving editor who had commissioned the piece, struck out the author’s original title (‘Down at the Cross’) and called it ‘Letter from a Region of My Mind’. It would later appear in Baldwin’s seminal book The Fire Next Time. … For example, in 1968 he appointed its first rock music critic, Ellen Willis, represented in this book by two pieces, one of which, ‘Packaging Rock and Post-Rock’, seeks to explain this new-fangled phenomenon to readers. But well before the arrival of Willis, the magazine was clearly alert to the significance of popular culture. As early as 1964, the esteemed Nat Hentoff was writing about Bob Dylan in a lengthy think-piece that still strikes sparks. The collection runs to almost 700 pages, including helpful pen portraits of each of the writers, and it is divided into nine over-arching sections (Confrontation, American Scenes, Farther Shores, New Arrivals, Artists & Athletes, Critics, Poetry, Fiction) within which content is arranged chronologically, so creating a biography of the 1960s. …”
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