Blood Dues. Dotson Rader.

Blood Dues

ISBN: 0394482743
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1973. First Edition. Hardcover. "It was during the Cuban Missile Criss in 1962 that I first considered myself a leftist. I come from a very conservative family. My rejection of my parents' rightist politics was therefore a dramatic, indeed traumatic, change in my life...My terror was quite understandable considering that for a time it appeared that the world was poised on the brink of Armageddon. I became a pacifist and joined the Student Peace Union and actively protested against the threat of war...Rather rapidly, in less than a year's time, I moved left, away from pacifism, to embrace what can be termed a radical democratic-socialist position. ..Throughout the decade of the sixties I was more or less continuously active on the left and I participated in most of the major events of the New Left and antiwar movements during those years." (from Introduction). Dotson Rader, radical activist of the 1960s, friend of Tennessee Williams and Surrealist poet Charles Henri Ford, has lived a very interesting life in politics, literature and activism to say the least. "Blood Dues" is the record of Rader's (yes, another) political shift from the SDS-style vision he spent so much of his youth on, to the death of the SDS and what that meant for him--and the country--socially and politically. To quote a Rader interview with Studs Terkel from 1971: "They no longer see the country with much hope anymore...Kids are very conscious of--and very intolerable of--boredom...There's a point at which it changes from simple protest and it gains momentum and becomes FUN. The violence becomes a kick." In "Blood Dues," he expands upon this idea and charts the dissolution of the SDS with an eye to replication in the first-person "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" tradition. Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear and age-toning at fine-edges. Dust-jacket in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges. Very Fine / Very fine. [Item #3061]

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