|| From the New York City of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz era of New Orleans's French Quarter, to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California, Prime Green explores the 1960s in all its weird, innocent, turbulent, and fascinating glory. Building on personal vignettes from Robert Stone's travels across America, the legendary novelist offers not only a riveting and powerful memoir but also an unforgettable inside perspective on a unique moment in American history.
||The 1960s looms large in the American psyche but time and television have mostly transformed its ideals and dreams into a simplified mockup. Perhaps no writer better goes beneath the surface and explores the strange intricacies of the decade than award-winning (National Book Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, the Guggenheim "Genius Grant" Fellowship, etc.) novelist Robert Stone. His memoir PRIME GREEN is bookended by his service in the Navy in the late 1950s and his experiences as a journalist in Vietnam during the disastrous invasion of Laos. In-between these adventures, Stone worked a lot of bad jobs, traveled across the country, was beaten up by truckers, toured with a traveling religious theater, did a lot of drugs, hung out with Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady, and saw the a time of sudden energy and hope slip away under the relentless crush of history. Stone writes without excessive political exegesis or sentimental nostalgia; his focus remains fixed on people, both himself and those around him, and his memoir bristles with their ideas, their fears, and their desperate plans. In Stone's assured prose--at turns sardonic, at turns melancholy--the ghost of America's past rematerializes.