MAKING DO, Paul Goodman, Macmillan, 1963
Not much detective work or revelations on my part for this entry, I fear, since writer Paul Goodman is a figure of some history and stature--although his is not a name much bandied about today, in comparison with his reputation during his heyday. You can read all about him here:
But this novel from the dawn of my Sixties chronology does offer a platform for one observation: revolutions and cultural upheavals are not exclusively the property of the young.
Goodman was 52 years old when this book appeared, and he subsequently became a countercultural icon. All that it takes to participate in the new is the energy and attitude of youth, not necessarily an actual physiological youth. And sometimes the elders can actually offer valuable perspectives--so long as they don't impede.
It's rather like SF's New Wave. In 1968, such seminal New Wave figures as Aldiss (age 43 then), Ballard (age 38), Brunner (age 34), Ellison (age 34) and Merill (age 45) were shaping a so-called "youth movement." Only Moorcock (age 29), among the big names, was still in his twenties!
Oh, by the way, you ask what MAKING DO is about? Click on the image below to find out!