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Paul Goodman Changed My Life2011

  • 4.3
Paul Goodman was once so ubiquitous in the American zeitgeist that he merited a cameo in Woody Allen's ANNIE HALL. Author of legendary bestseller "Growing Up Absurd" in 1960, Goodman was also a poet, 1940s out queer (and family man), pacifist, visionary, co-founder of Gestalt therapy and a moral compass for many in the burgeoning counterculture of the '60s. PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE immerses you in an era of high intellect (that heady, cocktail-glass juncture that MAD MEN has so effectively exploited) when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival multimedia, selections from Goodman's poetry (read by Garrison Keillor and Edmund White); quotes from Susan Sontag, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Noam Chomsky; plentiful footage of Goodman himself; plus interviews with his family, peers and activists, director/producer Jonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed have woven together a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for rediscovery.

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Must see. Without rhetoric. Truth seeker. Brilliant. Blow your mind and think differently--TODAY. He would be called inciter of terrorism today....Think about it... How controlled you are, impeded to act against what you believe and feel deeply to be morally unacceptable.

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Must see. Without rhetoric. Truth seeker. Brilliant. Blow your mind and think differently--TODAY. He would be called inciter of terrorism today....Think about it... How controlled you are, impeded to act against what you believe and feel deeply to be morally unacceptable.

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Everything he described as happening THE (1930s - 1960s) is FAR FAR WORSE now 2015. We need his insight and intellect and humane anarchopacifist point of view now.

Very enjoyable for me. A great companion piece would be a movie about the New York Intellectuals which is available on Amazon or Netflix (I hope it is not considered disloyal to mention these streaming services). One mistake-- twice in this movie Goodman was referred to as "the philosopher of the New Left." This is wrong on 2 counts: First, I believe this title is usually (and correctly) ascribed to Herbert Marcuse. Second, the movie itself showed that Goodman had sharp disagreements with and little respect for SDS; he was in accord with the New Left only up through the Free Speech Movement (1964).

I guess I was expecting more information of his ideas, thoughts and insights which I think the movie was lacking.

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