Malcolm Terence; BEGINNER'S LUCK; Oregon State University Press (Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir) 19.95 ISBN: 9780870719349
Byline: Kristine Morris
Caught up in the heady magic of 1968 in California's Haight-Ashbury district, journalist Malcolm Terence found that the world was changing fast -- much faster than the attitudes of his employer, the Los Angeles Times. Terence chose to go with the world; free love, free food, and a sense that capitalism was about to be replaced by something better were impossible to resist.
After leaving the Times, his Brooks Brothers suits, and his buzzed hair behind, Terence managed a traveling rock band, then settled in for communal living with San Francisco's "Diggers." His long hair, scruffy beard, and outspokenness made him an instant "cop magnet." "It started to creep into my head that this is what young guys of color had always faced," he writes.
Ultimately, his path led him to Black Bear Ranch, a new commune in the Klamath Mountains. Members led a simple life homesteading, farming, having babies, picking up jobs as loggers or miners, and battling...