Sunday, October 27, 2013

Greff Fabrics Blues, 1971 (iv)

It was in August 1971 that I probably began writing a short story about the 1965 to Fall 1971 era called "The Classless Society", which reflected, in a fictional way, what I had experienced outside college class during these six years, and how I felt my individual consciousness had changed during these six years while I joined other New Left Movement activists in trying to create "the classless society" during the Vietnam War era. In some ways, "The Classless Society" was an early fictionalized version of the "Sundial: Columbia SDS Memories" memoir that I would later write in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

I also wrote a folk song that seemed to reflect my late August 1971 sense that the whole world that I had been born in and lived in was absurd, which contained the lyrics:

"My name is Chairman Mao
Disguised as Dylan
And my secret hobby
Is Revolution."