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Andrew Tate

in the early 1990s, back when the decade was young and had yet to locate its own texture . . . People seemed unsure that the 1990s were even going to be capable of generating their own mood’ (PD, p. 1). The collection begins with an evocation of nostalgia, 1990s style, for the dream of unity imagined by 1960s radicals, the last American countercultural moment characterized by optimism: a cycle of overlapping short stories, set at the Grateful Dead’s December 1991 Californian festival, explore the sensation – ‘an essence of purity’ – of experiencing a moment that

in Douglas Coupland