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The Hippie Hitchhiker from Nebraska

The Hippie Hitchhiker from Nebraska

by Randy Rhody


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In a story arc of loss, exile, and self-reliance, here a roadside view of a lost America never glimpsed by historians, journalists, or celebrities.

In 1966, a teenager dreams of finding ultimate wisdom and writing timeless poetry. Horrified by the likelihood of combat service in Vietnam, he embarks on a hitchhiking journey to evade the military draft. He becomes a homeless drifter estranged from family, and finds brief notoriety as a vagabond poet, followed by publishing success, before careening beyond the limits of language.

Over the course of 22,000 reckless miles he experiences a Sixties history long overlooked: Wells Street in Chicago's Old Town, the mimeograph-revolution waged by Cleveland poets, an outlaw Route 66, the San Francisco Diggers serving daily meals, the Central Park Easter Be-In, a head shop at the epicenter of St Marks Place in the East Village, and the travesty of post-Summer-of-Love Haight-Ashbury.

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ISBN-13: 9781737629917
Publisher: Randolph Rhody
Publication date: 08/31/2021
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Randy Rhody's poems survive in publications from the mimeograph revolution that found their way into the archives of university libraries and the inventory of booksellers asking rare-book prices. At thirty-one, Rhody graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in astronomy. He worked as an engineer commanding on-orbit space vehicles and supporting space shuttle missions. He lives with his wife in Los Altos, California.Portions of the present memoir appear in issue #21 of Beatdom literary journal, May 2021.

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