Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 19:52:19 -0700 From: "prof. kathleen solose"
Subject: Re: [PKD] TTOTA: Ch 1-2 To: email@example.com our pal cal mused: > >Lennon was the eternal questioner in the Beatles. Even beyond George Harrison, >who pretty much latched onto 'Krishna-ism' (sorry, don't know what to properly >call it!) and stayed that spiritual course. Lennon was a gadfly, a wrench in >the works - "the only *real* artist in the group" a friend of mine is fond of >saying. His death is sudden, without warning, and comes at a time >when he seems >to have found some "peace" with life. > >Lennon's assassination symbolizes the "death of the 60s" for many. It clearly >carries this sort of weight for PKD and Angel Archer. "I feel like I'm back in >the Sixties, still married to Jefferson Archer." But Angel resists nostalgia, >recalling that she "never cared for the Beatles" and concluding that Rubber >Soul is "insipid" (p. 2). Angel displays this same tenacious >skepticism when it comes to mystical matters - she questions her own >questioning/seeking. > John Lennon was a complex and ambiguous figure (hero?) throughout the sixties and early seventies. I lived through and was politically active through those years and can remember the disdain political activists came to have for the Beatles, and especially for such actions as john and Yoko's "sleep in for peace". But this changed when John made his break from a group that had come to symbolize hippie nostalgia and started to make his own powerful political statements in songs like IMAGINE and WOMAN IS THE NIGGER OF THE WORLD. Which john lennon is PKD really referring to? erich keser abusing the account of -- Kathleen Solose Associate Professor, Dep't of Music University of Saskatchewan 1105 EDUC, 28 Campus Drive Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X1 Tel. (306) 374-4262, 966-6171 http://sask.usask.ca/~solose/