Although I am still pretty darn excited about the launch of the paperback Tribes of Eden that is coming on April 2 (You can get involved!) I am also hard at work on my next new book.
This breezy warm afternoon has me writing about the Squares and their culture.
When the Post War generation was coming of age, the largest and least influential sub-culture of the era were the Squares.
Inside of the 1960’s and 70’s incandescent cultural landscape, Squares were most notable for what they did not do.
They didn’t challenge or protest or drop out or turn on. By and large they went about their business, grew up without complaint and became adults who were very much like their own parents.
We misunderstand their influence primarily because we focus on the surface dimensions of their culture.
Let’s face it, the Square’s choices in clothing, music and art were not— for the ages.
Another reason that Squares are misunderstood is that popular culture reflected mainly the experience of white, middle class Squares. There were, in fact, as many different kinds of Squares as there are types of families. The requirement wasn’t white bread, it was a willingness to accept the adulthood that was on offer and do so without complaint and regret.