On Tuesday night I moseyed on down to The Booksmith for the reading by Chris Sorrentino of his new book Trance, a wide-angle look at the SLA/Patricia Hearst case. Sorrentino said he pretty much concentrated on those aspects that interested or amused him most. He read a scene of Hearst’s father going down to the supermarket, musing on the SLA’s demand that he fork over lots of money to feed the poor (which he did).
I asked Sorrentino what he thought about the spate of books that have come out in recent years on the late sixties/early seventies (on Hearst and the Weathermen). He said that he thought it was probably a pretty reasonable time for younger people to be interested in the history of American radicalism, and that now enough time had passed that we could start to remove the sentimental aspects of earlier histories.
Update: Here’s a funny little story by Michael Scharf on Sorrentino’s visit to Portland (a few days after SF, I believe).