Cultural Writing. Memoir. HEAVENLY BREAKFAST is Samuel R. Delaney's wise and vivid essay on urban communes and cooperatives in the winter of 'Sixty-seven/'Sixty-eight. It examines their function, structure, permanence, and impermanence as precisely as a sociological study. Because its method is narrative and anecdotal, however, it reads like a passionate memoir--a marvelous document from an extraordinary time. Based on journals he kept at the time, these pages recount his encounters with other communes and experimental living arrangements-some gentle, some brutal; of encounters between those inside and those outside the countercultural life; of idealism and hopes pushing against a resistant reality.
Samuel R. Delany Jr. is a novelist and short fiction author, essayist, memoirist, literary critic, editor, retired professor of English, and more. He has written extensively on sexuality and society. His novels include VOYAGE, ORESTES!, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, Dark Reflections, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, and the recent novella The Atheist in the Attic. He also wrote a memoir, HEAVENLY BREAKFAST: AN ESSAY ON THE WINTER OF LOVE. Delany was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th SFWA Grand Master in 2013.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA