October 11, 1998 |
Some years ago, I heard through the family grapevine that a young relative had renounced everything, including the religion of his fathers, for an obscure New Age sect. Despite myself I felt annoyed. You want to join a cult, fine--why not a useful one like the Communist Party? The most seductive secular faith of the short 20th century was communism (in all its poignant, savage and self-deluded permutations). The appeal was not solely utopian.
June 4, 1998 |
Where were you in the summer of 1967? If, like actor Peter Coyote, you were on the liberated turf of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, you could "sing, beg, get high, cruise for sex, plot the overthrow of the government, be mad, or do what you chose." In his new memoir, "Sleeping Where I Fall" (Counterpoint), Coyote describes that global moment when "a feeling of potential charged the air like pollen . . . and ideas seemed nourishing enough to sustain life."
May 24, 1998
Frank Hotchkiss, architect: "W.B Yeats: The Poems," edited by Daniel Albright (J.M. Dent & Sons). "Albright has edited a wonderful collection of Yeats, almost half of which is a gloss on his influences--Celtic myths, Irish history, the love affairs. The poems are, of course, entrancing and come to life with these deft explorations." **** Patricia Sullivan, marketing executive: "On the Road," by Jack Kerouac (Penguin).
November 13, 1990 |
Peter Coyote, namesake of the wily canines that thrive in the hills above Hollywood, similarly is a survivor in the thickets and bracken of the studios down on the flatlands. Coyote is a non-star, an actor who picks off plum roles but who rarely gets top billing. In "Die Laughing," "The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper" and others, including "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Cross Creek" and "Jagged Edge," Coyote made enormous contributions to the success of the films, but not as the star.