Go Start Anew
Over three decades have passed since the heyday of radical politics and the counterculture. Yet the conflicts and moral contradictions of the time animate four recent novels by writers too young to remember those events firsthand.
David L. Ulin
Not long ago, at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, I saw a guy wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt. Actually, it wasn't a Che shirt per se, although it did bear his image; rather, it meant to offer a broader social comment, declaring revolution is evolution in Courier font across the front. A number of oddities and ironies emerge here, beginning with the fact that "Revolution is evolution" was a coinage not of Che's but of Emma Goldman's boyfriend Alexander Berkman. "Because revolution is evolution at its boiling point," he wrote in his 1929 treatise What Is Communist Anarchism?, "you cannot 'make' a real revolution any more than you can hasten the boiling of a tea kettle." More to the point is a visitor to the Huntington espousing anything like revolution on a quiet Sunday afternoon. We were
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