16 Aug 2009 09:04 UTCSun 16 Aug 2009 - 9:04 am UTC
I'm interested in reading a book about what it was like to live in one of the many hippie, back-to-the-land type communes that sprang up in the 60's. (Not necessarily a cult commune.) I'm having difficulty finding something good on Amazon.
Preferably a commune that came to disaster. I'm interested in economics, so my assumption is that sharing everything would not be socially viable over a long period of time.
16 Aug 2009 13:58 UTCSun 16 Aug 2009 - 1:58 pm UTC
Is this sort of thing useful:
It sounds more encylcopedic than dramatic story-telling, but it seems to cover a very wide range of activities.
If that's not what you're after, give us a bit more of a sense of what would do the trick.
16 Aug 2009 13:59 UTCSun 16 Aug 2009 - 1:59 pm UTC
P.S. If you're registered at Amazon, you can click on the book image to see much of the inside contents.
16 Aug 2009 15:14 UTCSun 16 Aug 2009 - 3:14 pm UTC
Well, the closest I was able to find on Amazon were this and this:
but it just seems like there should be something . . . well, these are of recent vintage. Aren't there more established books in the field? You know, classics that everybody but me knows about?
Actually Amazon was helpful, but most of its recommendations drifted off into hippie memoirs . . . I guess I'm looking specifically for a first-person account of the collapse of a commune.
17 Aug 2009 02:11 UTCMon 17 Aug 2009 - 2:11 am UTC
Also not a book, but a fairly in-depth article from the 1970 issue of Ebony magazine (article begins on pg 88):
Life on a Hippie Commune
17 Aug 2009 03:32 UTCMon 17 Aug 2009 - 3:32 am UTC
The Ebony article was satisfying.
This was also interesting, about a 1971 attempt to realize "Walden Two."
Yes, I am open to communes that actually worked, although I am just reading this for pleasure, so I supposes I would find it most satisfying to see a commune collapse because of naivety. Nothing more enjoyable than being able to say "I told you so!"
17 Aug 2009 14:25 UTCMon 17 Aug 2009 - 2:25 pm UTC
Thanks for your help everybody. Wealth of material available here.