The Ballad of Ken and Emily: or, Tales from the Counterculture
Has it been 20 years since Emily and Ken were married?
No, but it's been 20 years since they met, and they shacked up that night and
have lived together ever since.
Emily: "It was love at first sight."
Ken: "I was just putting the moves on her. I swear to God."
The Ballad of Ken and Emily: or, Tales from the Counterculture, by Ken Wachsberger, is a collection of essays, short stories, prison journals, and articles from the Vietnam era and beyond. Wachsberger's writings from the Vietnam era capture a vital piece of that period's brilliant countercultural mosaic. They include the story of an accidental revolutionary's first political arrest, during the student strikes that followed the murders of four students at Kent State University in 1970; as well as journal entries following arrests in 1971 during the May Day demonstrations in Washington, DC, and in 1972 in Madison, Wisconsin, following President Nixon's blockade of Haiphong Harbor. "Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, and Growing Up as a New Left Jew" analyzes the Yippies of the sixties counterculture from a Jewish perspective, while recounting the history of the Jewish Left in America and the Yippies and the Zippies in Miami Beach in the summer of 1972. Other pieces include "The Ballad of Ken and Emily," "Being in Jail Is Like Finals Week," "Yo Ho Ho-Ulp," "The Busy Person's Guide to Street Yoga," "Do Real Men Have Sperm Analyses," and more.
"…Paean to family values or shameless apology for the decadence of the sixties counterculture…"Red Herring Press
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