#2 2017-03-30 12:34:43

I bought my first copy in a headshop in Cleveland, OH in 1973.

Two contact capsules, potassium chlorate and sugar in one, sulfuric acid in the other, drop into a Police Car gas tank.

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#3 2017-03-30 13:02:51

By the time Nixon left office, I had most of the hippie merit badges (playing the recorder, macrame, hitchhike cross country, etc.) including the one for reading (although not the one for owning) The Anarchist's Cookbook. Even as a youth, however, I recoiled at the contents.

This seems to be a rough year for death merchants:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ange … n-46467137

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#4 2017-03-30 16:11:48

These were my two bibles as a youth.  Much fun was had.

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#5 2017-03-30 16:40:38

I think choad may have opened a rich subject area with this thread. Here's some more, but only the first few that came to mind (and where possible, I grabbed the same cover as the one I read):

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https://rebeccanagle.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/9780141187884.jpg

http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/dune.jpg

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/objectretrieval/sites/default/files/2479853822_06f67099c4_o.jpg


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https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780553207088-us-300.jpg


http://johntranter.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/candy.jpg

http://www.le-livre.fr/photos/RO6/RO60074797.jpg

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http://www.naa.gov.au/naaresources/bannedblog/images/story-of-o.jpg

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#7 2017-03-30 17:10:58

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#8 2017-03-30 20:14:21

This. A sheltered boy from a strict Baptist, right wing, white trash southern family chose this as one of his first novels to read and find
what the real world was all about. 1984 started me down the path of questioning everything.
Obviously the book is a fictional "what if", but it awakened me enough to see what foul beasts humans can be.
And after finishing 1984 I began to read the newspaper ravenously.

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#9 2017-03-30 22:52:47

Next stage:


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#10 2017-03-31 04:45:53

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#11 2017-03-31 06:18:27

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#12 2017-03-31 06:42:58

nfidelbastard wrote:

This. A sheltered boy from a strict Baptist, right wing, white trash southern family chose this as one of his first novels to read and find what the real world was all about.

Class, religion and politics have fuckall to do with the books kids are exposed to. Both my parents had ivy league degrees and considered themselves upper crust. My stay at home mom, a Boston Debutante, would become a school librarian but neither parent discussed books or read to their kids. I was a parental unit myself before I read...

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#13 2017-03-31 07:43:47

Melons read these with the boys...


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This book opened my eyes:

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#14 2017-03-31 09:06:42

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This one turned me into a mystic.

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#15 2017-03-31 09:11:35

My, my

So many forgotten; updating my list and preparing to hit the book stores and "Take it or leave it"

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#16 2017-03-31 09:23:15

choad wrote:

nfidelbastard wrote:

This. A sheltered boy from a strict Baptist, right wing, white trash southern family chose this as one of his first novels to read and find what the real world was all about.

Class, religion and politics have fuckall to do with the books kids are exposed to. Both my parents had ivy league degrees and considered themselves upper crust. My stay at home mom, a Boston Debutante, would become a school librarian but neither parent discussed books or read to their kids. I was a parental unit myself before I read...

https://high-street.org/img/CharlotteWeb.png

I wasn't so much bemoaning the absence of literature in my home or the lack of encouragement to read mind expanding and mind altering books, although those things were true. In fact the only book we were encouraged to read was, not surprisingly, the Bible. And only the right parts. Instead, I was whining about the limited world view I was allowed see. There were no outlets where a kid could get differing viewpoints because everyone, at least publicly, thought the same. Church was no good. One Sunday, the deacon who stood at the doorway to shake everyone's hand as they exited the church commented to my dad on the MLK assassination- "I don't believe anyone deserves to die. But if anyone did, it was him." There was no respite in school from the relentless right wing propaganda, especially since desegregation was possibly on the horizon. That probably caused all the adults to hunker down in the conservative corner with a deathgrip on the ropes.

  I think television news was the first thing that broke through my chitinous shell of church, Merle Haggard, conservatism and family. (I still like Merle though) I couldn't see why America at that time should be killing Asians in Vietnam, no matter how many times my dad explained the domino theory to me. Plus, there was the dawning awareness that in just a few years I might be chosen to feed that meat grinder. I think this, along with all the cultural upheavals that I could view on the TV news got me off my ass and into trying to seriously figure out the world. Thus I read 1984. And many of the other books in this thread. This story doesn't have a happy middle though. Ignorance is indeed bliss. In my new awareness of the world I became angry and chased bliss away then discovered all the drugs. I got better though. And when I had kids, I introduced them early on to the world in general and to subversive ideas in particular. And to good books.

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#17 2017-03-31 09:27:11

http://images.bidorbuy.co.za/user_images/861/1708861/1708861_150601135128_The_only_dance_there_is.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iTeUGlOknew/T5fJqRKvJKI/AAAAAAAAAVE/MrPuLXmfFj0/s1600/IMG_0433.jpg

http://www.pbagalleries.com/images/lot/3129/31292_0.jpg
(Another one that got in and started messing with the core software)

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#18 2017-03-31 09:43:09

Here's the one book that did for me. Someone, I could see, was having fun and I wanted in on it.

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#19 2017-03-31 09:55:20

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Read this one about the time I got my draft number in the lottery (51), and decided I'd go to Canada before I went to Vietnam. Luckily for me, the war ended, and I never had to see what I really would have done.

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#20 2017-03-31 10:03:07

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#21 2017-03-31 10:40:58

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#22 2017-03-31 21:42:02

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#23 2017-03-31 21:57:47

I was relieved not to see Fountainhead or any Luck. Ron Hubbard.  I would add:

Naked Lunch
Joyous Cosmology
The Castle
In the Penal ColonThe Rebel
The Stranger

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#24 2017-04-01 01:56:39

Add "Erich von Däniken" to the 'glad I didn't see any' list.

You went highbrow, Fled, and sent me down a few more alleys of the mind (I think I might have interesting dreams tonight; old memories have been stirred).

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/414EgXE2eqL._SX302_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

http://ilarge.lisimg.com/image/7405227/898full-beckett-directs-beckett%3A-waiting-for-godot-by-samuel-beckett-poster.jpg

http://www.theflorentine.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/dumb-waiter.jpg

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#25 2017-04-01 02:32:49

Fled wrote:

I was relieved not to see Fountainhead or any Luck. Ron Hubbard.  I would add:

http://high-street.org/sidepic/aynrandthewonderyears.jpghttp://high-street.org/sidepic/hsovronro7.gif

https://high-street.org/img/luckyjim.pnghttps://high-street.org/img/olddevils.png

Anything ever written by John Grant, aka Jonathan Gash and Graham Gaunt.

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