the following passage into Chinese
Question: Isn't that the same question I just asked, what did the
sixties really accomplish?
Answer: Probably, but you know there's no point in my trying to settle that
question for you. The sixties and I are rapidly becoming the past but you're
history. Your generation will be passing judgment on what the sixties meant.
You don't get the last word, of course, but you do get the next one. Figure
out for yourself what it meant. This exhibit is a great place to start
because it brings together the central texts of the period, and puts them in
a context that includes some of the most important 19th and 20th century
precursors of the representative minds of the sixties. There are plenty of
revelations here, even for old-timers like me. There are voices I'd
forgotten about, relationships and patterns I'd never noticed before. And it
all looks new and strange laid out as the past in these exhibition cases.
This is not, thank Mnemosyne, a media event. Some of the great images from
the sixties are on display, and it's probably too bad that you can't play
rock'n'roll LOUD in a library. But it's easy to be distracted by mere sights
and sounds. The texts, the ideas, the visions, represented here will give
you a chance to decide where the sixties came from, and where that
generation was trying to go. I know, I know, you want to know exactly where
all this did get to. With the things that really matter, though, like love
or peace or freedom, you never get there once and for all. You just have to
keep going toward them. In these exhibit cases you can see the steps we
tried to take in those directions.
Balding Hippie & Professor of English Language and Literature, University of