A Note to the Set Decorator

The next time your director tells you to dress some bookshelves with titles from the late ’60s or early ’70s, don’t just lazily throw Jonathan Livingston Seagull out there and expect your audience to divine a whole Zeitgeist from it. At least try to consider using some of these others, all of which were common as dirt in people’s livingrooms back then:

The Making of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (Jerome Agel)

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (Alan Aldridge, ed.)

Naked Came the Stranger (“Penelope Ashe”)

Giles Goat Boy (John Barth)

Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (Jorge Luis Borges)

The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury)

The Whole Earth Catalog (Stewart Brand, ed.)

Trout Fishing in America (Richard Brautigan)

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West (Dee Brown)

How to Talk Dirty and Influence People (Lenny Bruce)

I and Thou (Martin Buber)

Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge (Carlos Castaneda)

Journey to the End of the Night (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)

Soul on Ice (Eldridge Cleaver)

Beautiful Losers (Leonard Cohen)

Be Here Now (Ram Dass)

The Second Sex (Simone de Beauvoir)

Fup (Jim Dodge)

The Alexandria Quartet (Lawrence Durrell)

Tarantula (Bob Dylan)

The Collected Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Pearl Harbor (Jerry Della Femina)

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (R. Buckminster Fuller)

Howl and Other Poems (Allen Ginsberg)

The Female Eunuch (Germaine Greer, Jennifer Baumgardner)

Poetry, Language, Thought (Martin Heidegger)

Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)

The Doors of Perception (Aldous Huxley)

Steal This Book (Abbie Hoffman)

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson (George Jackson)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)

I Lost It at the Movies (Pauline Kael)

Amerika (Franz Kafka)

Bored of the Rings (Douglas C. Kenney, Henry N. Beard)

The Dharma Bums (Jack Kerouac)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)

Tales of Hoffman (Mark L. Levine, George C. McNamee, Daniel Greenberg, ed.)

Why Are We in Vietnam? (Norman Mailer)

A Child’s Garden of Grass (Jack S. Margolis)

The Selling of the President 1968 (Joe McGinniss)

The Medium is the Massage (Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore)

Tropic of Capricorn (Henry Miller)

Ada, or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)

The Pentagon Papers (The New York Times, pub.)

The Peter Principle (Laurence J. Peter)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (Robert Pirsig)

Portnoy’s Complaint (Philip Roth)

Franny and Zooey (J.D. Salinger)

Candy (Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg)

Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (Terry Southern)

Hell’s Angels (Hunter S. Thompson)

Future Shock (Alvin Toffler)

Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)

Couples (John Updike)

Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)

The Way of Zen (Alan Watts)

The Making of the President series (Theodore H. White)

Nixon Agonistes (Garry Wills)

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (Tom Wolfe)

The I Ching, or Book of Changes

And some afterthoughts:

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (James Agee, Walker Evans)

Separate Reality (Carlos Castaneda)

Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (Frances FitzGerald)

Black Like Me (John Howard Griffin)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Alex Haley)

Island (Aldous Huxley)

Nicholas and Alexandra (Robert K. Massie)

Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories (Philip Roth)

The Warren Commission Report

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