In point of comprehensiveness, American Countercultures is impressive. I played my usual game with reference books of "testing it out": this involves checking it against a sample list of 20 random items. It did very well. In addition, the book constantly throws up revelations which are new—at least to me. I did not know that the actor Peter Coyote had an alternative life ("a Zen Buddhist first and actor second") or that the epitome of fifties "cool," Jack Kerouac, was "increasingly defined by his conservative political beliefs and his Catholicism in later years." Some entries are decidedly esoteric: How many people could give an off-the-cuff account of Generation X, Generation Y, MC5, Be-Ins, CBGB, Eckankar, Omphalism, Phish, Santeria, Ska, and Zines. It is obvious that alternative lifestyles is not a plain-language subject; they have a vocabulary all their own. . . .
Causes Gina Misiroglu Supports
Doctors Without Borders, American Cancer Society, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund