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High Times: A Tribute To Stephen Gaskin

from Monday Night Class

by Stephen Gaskin

“I first began Monday Night Class in 1967 on the San Francisco State campus. We discussed love, sex, dope, God, gods, war, peace, enlightenment, free will, and what-have-you, all in a stoned, truthful, hippie atmosphere.”


The End Of A Sixties Dream? An Interview With Stephen Gaskin

by Michael Thurman

“Well, I don’t see the role of teacher as being mutually exclusive with everything else I want to accomplish. I am a nonviolent social revolutionary, and I think that anybody who follows religious disciplines ought to be one, too.”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Even Music And Gold

by Poe Ballantine

Lessons in alchemy


The Unbreakable Thread

by David James Duncan

Fishing in the dark


November 1968

by Brian Doyle

“In my family you were allowed to take the train alone from Long Island into New York City after your twelfth birthday. Because you had reached the age of reason, you were responsible for buying your own ticket and for getting yourself to the station.”



Mother’s Helper

by Linda McCullough Moore

“When I was growing up, often on a Sunday afternoon we would travel down a dirt road, across the railroad tracks, then down a tiny dip the road took through a patch of swampy woods to reach two tar-paper houses far out in the country.”



Selected Poems

by Tony Hoagland

Readers Write

Right And Wrong

by Our Readers

Bending the truth, breaking the rules, taking the plunge


In This Issue



What should young people do with their lives today? . . . The most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

Kurt Vonnegut


Letter to the Editor

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