Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, March 3, 2011
When my short story, The Sound Bite, was first published by woman's corner magazine (when was that anyway?  2006?), the editors wrote the following, by way of introduction -

Author Jeff Markowitz writes, "I've always wanted to write a story about the early 70s, about the blending of anti-war politics, eastern spirituality, sex, drugs and music that we once called the counter-culture and about the underlying innocence of those turbulent years."
Indeed, for those of us who experienced those years, it was all of those things.  Nothing was bizarre or "too far out."  There were counter-cultures to counter-cultures.  Markowitz's story gives us a glimpse into what was "reality" in an unreal world of war, drugs, experimentation, free love and communes. 
For any of you hippies-turned-stockbrokers out there, you'll understand.

Hippies-turned-stockbrokers.  That description hit home sometime last year, when I saw Carole King and James Taylor at Madison Square Garden as part of the Troubadour Reunion Tour.  Twenty-thousand stockbrokers, in hundred dollar seats, turning back the clock, hippies again for one extraordinary evening.  And I was reminded of that again last night, watching the Troubadour singer-songwriter special on PBS.

I don't know how to explain 1974.  It seems so unreal to me now.  But I have long understood that fiction reveals truth in a way that a strictly factual account never can.  Woman's corner magazine, unfortunately, is no longer publishing, but, once digitized, nothing truly disappears.  Go into the basement and find that old, scratchy copy of Tapestry, put it on the turntable and turn back the clock.  Inhale deeply and follow the link to The Sound Bite.  (Now available on kindle).

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