Beginner’s Luck
240 pages, 6 x 9
18 b&w photographs.
Release Date:26 May 2018

Beginner’s Luck

Dispatches from the Klamath Mountains

Oregon State University Press

The 1960s triggered big changes in America, including a back-to-the-land movement, as communes large and small were formed by urban expatriates. In the late 1960s, Malcolm Terence left his job at as a reporter for the LA Times to help found Black Bear Ranch, a commune in a remote corner of the Klamath Mountains in northwestern California. While most communal residents soon returned to urban life, a few stayed on in neighboring river towns. Some tried logging, others gold mining, and some tried growing marijuana, all with mixed success. Malcolm Terence chronicles their ups and downs in these delightful, anecdotal dispatches.

Malcolm Terence left his job as a reporter at the LA Times in the late 1960s to join a hippie commune in the Klamath Mountains, where he still writes for regional papers, teaches school, and gardens.

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