But for all that - the horrendous wife, who colonises everything Stoner holds most sacred, including his daughter - there is something compelling and even purifying about this desperate life of a man who remains faithful to that revelation which first moved him: “The epiphany of knowing something through words that could not be put in words.” I can’t recommend it enough.
is a member of a counterculture, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world.
The term hippie first found popularity in San Francisco by Herb Caen, a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Andrew Loog Oldham refers to "all the Chicago hippies," seemingly in reference to black blues/R&B musicians, in his rear sleeve notes to the 1965 LP The Rolling Stones, Now!
The word hippie was also used in reference to Philadelphia in at least two popular songs in 1963: South Street by The Orlons, In both songs, the term is applied to residents of Philadelphia's South Street.
Known as Der Wandervogel ("wandering bird"), the hippie movement opposed the formality of traditional German clubs, instead emphasizing amateur music and singing, creative dress, and communal outings involving hiking and camping.
Inspired by the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Goethe, Hermann Hesse, and Eduard Baltzer, Wandervogel attracted thousands of young Germans who rejected the rapid trend toward urbanization and yearned for the pagan, back-to-nature spiritual life of their ancestors.