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Beginning to See the LightSex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll$
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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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It’s Later Than You Think

It’s Later Than You Think

(p.76) It’s Later Than You Think
Beginning to See the Light

Ellen Willis

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about the arrival of the eighties in New York City. She says that while New Yorkers had every reason to be demoralized—what with the terrible weather, the fact that the city was broke, and the sludge lurking in Long Island’s beaches—the spirit in the city was better, the energy level higher, than it had been in years. The author describes the eighties as a decade of maturity rather than youth, of experience rather than innocence. Her script for politics in the eighties includes a revived radical movement, seasoned by adversity, chastened by its mistakes, prepared to learn from and build on the sixties revolt while eschewing dope-crazed visions of instant revolution.

Keywords:   New York City, 1980s, politics, Long Island

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