Re: RARA-AVIS: Question for Marijane Meaker: The fifties

From: Marijane Meaker (
Date: 03 Oct 2003

Mario, I hope this reaches you. I was very young in the early 50's and Spring Fire didn't seem to me that radical a book, except I couldn't have the girls end up together because of postal censure. I guess as a gay person I was so used to restrictions of every kind (not the entitlement kids feel today) that I wasn't surprised...just delighted to be published, and I was very fond of the editor, Dick Carroll, who let me write what I wanted to, with only that one

Mario Taboada <> wrote:

> I have a few questions for Marijane:
> Depending on who you listen to, the fifties were either an
> age of innocence and prosperity or one of decadence and
> change of the guard. For example, Halberstam's history of
> the decade oscillates between one and the other view.
> This was the era during which you wrote several Gold Medals
> that broke new ground.
> What would you say today about the era and how you felt in
> it? And about the Vin Packer novels? Do you ever reread
> them?

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