Great Neck It's really tricky to write a Big Counterculture Novel without lapsing into late-'60s cant or neocon ridicule. As it is, Jay Cantor's black characters aren't… Great Neck It's really tricky to write a Big Counterculture Novel without lapsing into late-'60s cant or neocon ridicule. As it is, Jay Cantor's black characters aren't… 2003-01-14 Fiction
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Great Neck (2003)

Great Neck | STICK YOUR 'NECK' OUT Cantor explores '60s counterculture
STICK YOUR 'NECK' OUT Cantor explores '60s counterculture
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 14, 2003; Writer: Jay Cantor; Genre: Fiction

It's really tricky to write a Big Counterculture Novel without lapsing into late-'60s cant or neocon ridicule. As it is, Jay Cantor's black characters aren't nearly as vivid as his white, more privileged ones. But ultimately, Cantor (''The Death of Che Guevara'') pulls off Great Neck, a tale of civil rights protests and Weather Underground revolution-plotting, by making his young Harvard-grad activists both idealistic and flawed, and by deploying an organizing subplot (a protagonist creating an underground superhero-comic based on those firebrands) that encapsulates the idealism, adventurousness, anguish, and tumult of the era.

Originally posted Jan 22, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints
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