Fiction. On New York's Lower East Side, the 1960s are just beginning. SEPARATE PARTS (Six Memory Pieces) explores a world of committed, vibrant, and insistently independent artists and writers struggling for freedom from the social limitations of that time. Beginning with her own life and that of her husband, poet/painter Basil King, Martha King doesn't gloss over the personal and political contradictions of the era; the struggles she describes are both heroic and deeply flawed. She shows that even on this rebellious frontier, one doesn't have to look far to find the seeds of contempory corporate New York. Nevertheless, SEPARATE PARTS celebrates a world in which many people believed, often at desperate cost, in the power of art to transform the world.