The best hippie book you have EVER read?

Discussion in 'Beat and Hippie Books' started by wild-flowers, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. wild-flowers

    wild-flowers forever arbitrary

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    Hm on the road by Jack Kerouac for me.

    You?
     
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    Drop City
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
     
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    the electric kool-aid acid test.
     
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  4. neodude1212

    neodude1212 Senior Member

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    how is on the road a "hippie book"?
     
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  5. WanderingturnupII

    WanderingturnupII Grouchy Old Fart

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    Let's let beatniks count so I can say Dreaming of Babylon, and Trout Fishing in America, and a plethora of other books by Richard Brautigan.

    I'll save somebody time, and say anything by Tom Robbins.

    Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail is one of my favorite Hunter Thompson books, but I seldom see it mentioned when people talk about Thompson. (That gun totin' Kentucky redneck was a hippie?)

    Heinlein's Time Enough for Love & Stranger in a Strange Land (Not exactly a hippie, again. The Heinlein estate in Santa Cruz was rumored to have a "30' tall hippie proof fence".)
     
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    spirit of the night Senior Member

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    I don't know if this counts, but Hideous Kinky was a wonderful hippie book in my opinion, It was written by Esther Freud, and it's from her point of view when she was five and travelling around Morocco in the early 70s with her mother and sister.

    I really recommend it to anyone who feels like seeing the world through the eyes of a child. It is a brilliant escape book. Very magically at some points.

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  7. sabrina.in.wonderland

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    Go ask alice is classic.
     
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  8. darthkacie

    darthkacie crazy diamond

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    go ask Alice pisses me off.

    if poetry counts, anything Ginsberg. Howl in particular.
     
  9. The Imaginary Being

    The Imaginary Being PAIN IN ASS Lifetime Supporter

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    I take it everywhere I go :D
     
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    i never thought much about hunter s thompson until I happend to catch an episode of Conans late late show! after seeing those 2 popping of rounds i was very impressed with Conans shooting & gun handling! he he he
     
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    There was a book by Ella Leffland that took place in the late 60's; I'm not sure but I think it was LOVE OUT OF SEASON. Some really good evocation of the times.
     
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    Brave New World by aldeous huxley absoultely mindblowing
     
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    Brave New World by aldeous huxley absoultely mindblowing ok not exactly written in the beat era but it has influenced so many poets and writers
     
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    On the road by Kerouac is considered the "hippie bible". I read it somewhere, I don't remember where exactly. Probably because of the free spirit that brings to the reader, such as backpacking, free love... I like it a lot!
     
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    Brave New World is great, my favorite "hippie" book is Island also by Aldous Huxley.

    Steppenwolf and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse also resonate with me.
     
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    The path of the heart, to be loved unconditionally and to begin to become that love can be your reality.
     
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    Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins was one of the first books i read without being made to in school and helped me down the path to where i am now. It is a really good book as well as it's follow up, The Walk West.

    Walden by Henry David Thoreau is a classic and a terrific read.

    Anyone wanting to read some Hunter S Thompson, One of his few novels, The Rum Diaries, is really good.

    I am noting the suggestions in this thread i haven't read and plan to read them. Keep em coming.
     
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    I really dig "The Human Antenna: Reading the Language of the Universe in the Songs of our Cells" by Dr. Robin Kelly

    Long title for sure, but surprisingly not too tricky of a read to comprehend.
    In terms of its rating on the 'mind-fuck' scale however, I'd give it a solid 11/10
     
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    I'm slowly reading Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. I borrowed it 5 years ago. I'm on chapter 6.
     

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