Denis Johnson's "Hippies"

George Plimpton reads at a Paris Review release party.

By Denis Johnson

Published October 4, 2000 9:42PM (EDT)

The Paris Review, "the biggest little magazine in history," was founded in 1953 by George Plmpton, Peter Matthiessen and Harold Humes. It has published some of the most important writers of the 20th century and remains in the literary vanguard today.

Its latest issue, No. 155, features "Hippies," an essay by Denis Johnson on the Rainbow Gathering festival. Johnson, the critically acclaimed author of "Jesus' Son" and "The Name of the World," will publish a collection of his nonfiction work, "Seek: Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond," next year.

To celebrate its latest issue, the magazine recently hosted a party at the Culture Project in New York. Plimpton, who continues to serve as editor, read from Johnson's essay, which explores ideas about drugs, friendship and alternative lifestyles then and now.

Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson is the author of a collection of short stories, "Jesus' Son," and five novels, including "Angels," "Fiskadoro" and his latest, "Already Dead: A California Gothic." His last piece for Salon, "Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells," was about a monsoon-plagued Boy Scout campout in the Philippines.

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