Location: SLO Library Community Room
995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo
Suggested donation to support the Library Foundation – $10
Author George Cotkin will discuss his newly-released work, Feast of Excess: a Cultural History of the New Sensibility. This inventive and jaunty narrative captures the excitement of liberation in American culture. The roots of this release, as Cotkin demonstrates, began in the 1950s, boomed in the 1960s, and became the cultural norm by the 1970s. Through vignette profiles of prominent figures – John Cage, Patricia Highsmith, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Anne Sexton, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Erica Jong, and Thomas Pynchon, to name a few – George Cotkin presents their bold, headline-grabbing performances and places them within the historical moment.
“…a rich understanding of how and why postwar artists and writers revolted against social norms that constricted desire.” — Bookforum
“…dazzling work of cultural history… the book fascinates on every page.” — Boston Globe