The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
Books and Comedy
Books Fiction 1961
Joseph Heller, to mixed reviews, writes one of the top 100 books of the 20th Century. A humorous, biting reflection on the absurdity of military reasoning and general bureaucratic silliness. In no time he had added to our English Lexicon the phrase to forever describe how the powers that be always find a way to screw you over, Catch 22.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein writes what is often called the greatest Science Fiction
book of all time. It is one of the first to
smudge the distance between Sci-Fi and
Social Comment (later perfected by Kurt
Vonnegut Jr.). A human citizen of Mars,
Valentine Smith, comes to Earth to help us
see ourselves from a truly unbiased point of
No One Writes to the Colonel
is literary giant Gabriel García Márquez' first novel. It concerns life under
martial law in 1950's Columbia. It was
not until 1965 that he created his
unique style of Books of Art. A mix of accepted superstition and
surrealism reminisent of Kafka and Dali.
Like J.D. Salinger, Marquez is not a prolific writer, but what he
does, he does better than anyone in the
Harold Robbins - The Carpetbaggers
Uris - Mila 18
Irving Stone - The Agony and the Ecstasy
Irving Wallace - The Chapman Report J. G. Ballard - The Wind From
Books Non Fiction 1961
Black Like Me
Writer John Griffin stains his skin black and experiences America from a new point of view.
Has Man a Future?
Leftist icon Bertrand Russell, as always, gains
controversy by putting the chance of nuclear holocaust on the shoulders of
Scientists rather than the Military and his
promotion of a world governmental entity with more teeth than any single nation.
The Genesis Flood
Creationists John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris begin the
new attack on evolution by creating "Creation
Pulitzer prize for fiction awarded to To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1961 Tony Awards (theater)
Play - Becket, Jean Anouilh
Actor - Zero Mostel, Rhinoceros
Actress - Joan Plowright - A Taste of Honey
Supporting Actor - Martin Gabel, Big Fish, Little Fish
Supporting Actress - Colleen Dewhurst, All the Way Home
Director - Sir John Gielgud, Big Fish, Little Fish
Grammy - Best Albums
In 1960, Bob Newhart scored two back-to-back #1
hits on the pop charts with his best-selling
albums The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart ...
Stan Frieberg Presents The United States of America Volume 1
A classic comedy album spoofing the history of the New World in song and dialog. Volume 2 did not appear until 1996.
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