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Welcome to Wonderland

From Virginia Woolf to Tom Wolfe: Writing Into Existence Books of the Southwest Classics Looks at the Arrival of the Magic Bus from Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway's Party Originally published 1 January 2015 To be more fully aware is to live a different experience. The Counterculture movement in the 1960s inspired by works such as Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest sought to live the experience and to take awareness to its furthest reaches outside the bounds of all societal structures and mores in order to change life and America. It was a time in which it was deeply felt that the brilliance in literary creativity and boundlessness needed to come to life and...

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Re-Finding the Passage to Wonderland

The Art of Re-Seeing through Michael A. Amundson's Passage to Wonderland: Rephotographing Joseph Stimson's Views of the Cody Road to Yellowstone National Park 1903 & 2008 Originally published 2 December 2014 In a liminal state the rules change. What was firmly believed able to be relied on is destabilized. Everything shifts and takes on unknown and unexpected qualities. It is the state wherein change not only happens, but also wherein everything changes and becomes something that it wasn't. One aspect of a liminal space and time that is remarkably recurrent is that the hero has no social status. Since it is a threshold--a doorway--it requires change—or a regression. Travel to the American West has always been an entering into a liminal space and...

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