Oct 11, 2006

Socks Win! Socks Win!

Guest Post by Mary Witt

"In 1964, [TR] lived two blocks from Allen Ginsberg in the East Village and, that fall, marched side by side with him in a LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana) demonstration. Robbins then went to hear a lecture by Timothy Leary at Cooper Union. The hall was packed, but Robbins got a seat close enough to see that the color-blind Leary was wearing red socks with his tweed suit. From that point on, Robbins wore red socks for years. (Later he began to wear mismatched socks...as a constant reminder of the 'clarity of vision' that can only come from swimming against the stream." (from "Aquarius Revisited: Seven Who Created the Sixties Counterculture That Changed America" by Peter O. Whitmer with Bruce VanWyngarden) Tom Robbins and Hunter S. Thompson were two of the seven.