Beginner's Luck: Dispatches from the Klamath Mountains


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Oregon State University Press
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5.9 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

MALCOLM TERENCE left his job as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times in the late 1960s and helped found a large hippie commune in the Klamath Mountains. He followed that with logging (and reforestation) work, setting up (and opposing) timber sales, and fighting wildfires. Along the way, he married a local schoolteacher, and raised a family. He still writes for regional papers, teaches school, and cultivates a large garden. Beginner's Luck is his first book.


"In the sixties, I knew a lot of people who wanted to 'turn on, tune in, and drop out.' Malcolm was the only one of my friends who followed through and was able to sustain himself. This is a fascinating look at the people who did it with him, the challenges they faced, and how they coped."
- Linda Ronstadt, singer, author of Simple Dreams
""It would be an exaggeration to say I've waited 50 years for this book, but it's fair to say I've waited 40. There's no one better suited than Malcolm Terence to chronicle the mad, ecstatic, rushing, fumble towards adulthood that we began together in the 1960s. His acuity and training as a reporter, his compassionate psychenaut's heart, his innate good humor and total lack of pretension or self-aggrandizement, means that the reader has the clearest, least-distorted possible lens through which to regard a period of history, the likes of which we may not see again. I love this book. It's wry. It's funny, it's accurate, its political, it's randy and it's just right! Please don't miss it."
- Peter Coyote, author, actor, Zen priest