Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 441 pages
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Flying Close to the Sun is the stunning memoir of a white middle-class girl from Connecticut who became a member of the Weather Underground, one of the most notorious groups of the 1960s. Cathy Wilkerson, who famously escaped the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion, here wrestles with the
legacy of the movement, at times finding contradictions that many others have avoided: the absence of women’s voices then, and in the retelling; the incompetence and the egos; the hundreds of bombs detonated in protest which caused little loss of life but which were also ineffective in fomenting revolution. In searching for new paradigms for change, Wilkerson asserts with brave humanity and confessional honesty an assessment of her past—of those heady, iconic times—and somehow finds hope and faith in a world that at times seems to offer neither.
 

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Review: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman

User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

Social movement history. Memoir is tough when it's unclear who the audience or what the purpose is supposed to be. Read full review

Review: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman

User Review  - Fraser Sherman - Goodreads

Cathy Wilkerson started out as a white, middle-class, somewhat liberal young woman who became involved in the more radical politics of the Students for a Democratic Society, then eventually renounced ... Read full review

Contents

NEW ENGLAND SOIL
5
NORTH AMERICAN ROOTS
27
DISCOVERING THE WORLD
43
THE LIMITS OF ELECTORAL POLITICS
91
NEW LEFT NOTES
99
WASHINGTON SDS
135
1968
171
THE QUESTION OF POWER
241
REENTRY
379
AFTERWORD
389
APPENDIX
395
BTED GOLD DIANA OUGHTONTERRY ROBBINS
396
BIBLIOGRAPHY
405
NOTES
411
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
417
INDEX
419

WEATHERMAN
265
THE EXPLOSION
345

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Page vii - THE people will live on. The learning and blundering people will live on. They will be tricked and sold and again sold And go back to the nourishing earth for rootholds, The people so peculiar in renewal and comeback, You can't laugh off their capacity to take it. The mammoth rests between his cyclonic dramas. The people so often sleepy, weary, enigmatic, is a vast huddle with many units saying: "I earn my living.
Page vii - This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers. There are men who can't be bought. The fireborn are at home in fire. The stars make no noise. You can't hinder the wind from blowing. Time is a great teacher. Who can live without hope? In the darkness with a great bundle of grief the people march. In the night, and overhead a shovel of stars for keeps, the people march: "Where to? What next?

About the author (2011)

CATHY WILKERSON was active in the civil rights movement, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Weathermen. In 1970, she was one of two women to survive an explosion in the basement of her family’s townhouse that killed three Weathermen, forcing the group underground. For the past twenty years she has worked as a mathematics educator in New York City schools.

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