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By William J. Craddock, Rudy Rucker

Be no longer content material is a coming-of-age novel set in San Jose, California, within the mid 1960s—describing William Craddock’s reports as a tender acidhead. it is a hip, profound, and wonderfully-written ebook, a special chronicle of the earliest days of the nice psychedelic upheaval. Be no longer content material is stuffed with heat and empathy, tragic now and then, and extremely humorous in spots, a wastrel masterpiece the place laughter performs counterpoint opposed to the oboes of doom. a magical underground masterpiece that’s been almost unobtainable for years. introduced again to lifestyles by way of Transreal Books through an contract with Craddock’s property.

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Be Not Content: A Subterranean Journal

Be now not content material is a coming-of-age novel set in San Jose, California, within the mid 1960s—describing William Craddock’s studies as a tender acidhead. this can be a hip, profound, and wonderfully-written booklet, a different chronicle of the earliest days of the nice psychedelic upheaval. Be no longer content material is stuffed with heat and empathy, tragic every now and then, and intensely humorous in spots, a wastrel masterpiece the place laughter performs counterpoint opposed to the oboes of doom.

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Quack and Bob were pissing on the two ruined bike thieves. Adrenalin buzzing all through me. Tight jaws and blood-fat head. It was good. I felt tall and strong and wild and unbeatable and good good good. Before all gods and God, I repent it these some years later, (and was actually to repent it very soon) but the feeling was good. “He’s got the bike. ” I said. Indian threw a lamp against the wall. ” and our boots clattered down cement steps, into the yard. We heard Philco’s bike start as we ran down the wet street.

The ultimate nothing is, if you will, filled with light and with a hum. Craddock puts it thus: It’s the sound of the miraculous space between eternity—between paradise. You only have to listen to hear it. And beyond the music of the earth is the music of deep within you. It’s the magic you once knew existed. It does exist. Everything is perfect—OM—endlessly—OM—infinity is ours—peace, my friends. I love you. I am you. We are simply IT. There’s nothing else to know. And, knowing this, ordinary life is enough.

I got, instead, high school. Rote memorization of long pages of uninspired textbooks dealing with uninspiring subjects, dull lectures read by tired teachers anxious to get home and have a drink and watch teevee, rallies designed to instill school spirit in students anxious to get home and have a taboo cigarette and some fun, classroom rules and hall rules and campus rules and school rules and afterschool rules and parking-lot rules and dress codes and behavior regulations, heavily supervised school dances with music provided by the school orchestra which refused to play rock’n’roll for fear the students would become excited and riot or fornicate—and younger teachers reprimanded or dismissed for discussing Communism or sex education or religion or the Negro problem or any other real problem.

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