The New Yorker Book of the 60s
Since 1925 The New Yorker has documented the ebb and flow of one of the greatest cities on earth (as well as looking at what’s going on in the wider world), with the help of some of the world’s greatest writers; and in this weighty anthology they reprint some of the pieces that helped document one of the most tumultuous decades of the 20th century. And what a treat it is, with Nat Hentoff chewing the fat with Bob Dylan in 1964; Jane Kramer hunkering down with Allen Ginsberg; and Hendrik Hertzberg checking out The Who. Of course it wasn’t all peace, love and Pete Townsend smashing up his guitar, and plenty of space is given over to revolting youth, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Film critic Pauline Kael weighs in with views on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, while there is an extract from Truman Capote’s seminal In Cold Blood. They’ve even found room for some poetry (Plath, Sexton, Hughes) and fiction (Spark, Updike, Cheever). If you’re stuck for a Christmas present for someone you know who’s got a brain, then this should suit.