Abraham Entin’s “Living on the Fringe” A Magical Mystery Tour through the 1960’s and 70’s

Sonoma County Author’s Entertaining Memoir Illuminates a Quintessential Hippy’s Back Pages

Sonoma County Abraham Entin’s “Living on the Fringe,” is a wonderful coming of the new age autobiography by a self-proclaimed, unrepentant hippy.

Living on the Fringe is available locally at Copperfields or through Amazon here. Entin will be reading Living on the Fringe, and maybe even singing a song, on Sunday September 15 at the Occidental Center for the Arts Book Launch Series.

The book starts with Entin’s childhood and rides smoothly through the sixties and seventies,  times that shaped his convictions and a life of vigorous activism.

Entin, now a lead singer and dancer in Peacetown USA’s incomparable Love Choir, takes readers on a Magical Mystery Tour of often fascinating experiences, including his anti-Vietnam war activism, imprisonment for a petty drug offense, and the founding days of California’s evolutionary movement to challenge dominant practices of wellness, consumerism, and ecological destruction.

This excerpt from the book, used with permission, describes the corporate-corrupted health system that Entin, his wife Rachel, and millions of others, rebelled against.

And we are all the better for it.

“At some point during this period we came across a pamphlet created jointly by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).  This was our government, the leadership of the scientific community and the largest non-profit advocate for cancer patients and research.  The name of the pamphlet was “How to Recognize a Cancer Quack.”  It listed ten ways to spot these charlatans who were looking to dupe us and take our money while peddling their false remedies.  The number one sign was that they told us there was a connection between diet and cancer.  If your doctor told you this, you should immediately report them to the proper authorities for investigation so that they might have their license revoked and, most probably, face criminal prosecution.

We knew, of course, that there were charlatans and “snake oil salesmen” out there, ready to pick the pockets of the desperate and and unwary.  But this was the leadership in government, science and philanthropy saying that anyone who disagreed with them on a matter of basic medial science was automatically a criminal.  We knew that many of the people saying this sincerely believed it and thought they were protecting us.  But we also knew there were those in responsible positions who knew that this was a lie and who fed it to us anyway.  We were following Jefferson Airplane down the rabbit hole where “the truth is found to be lies” and “the pills that mother gives you don’t do anything at all,”  becoming pawns in the games played between the white and red queens of the world.  Once again we were approaching the place where politics and metaphysics meet, and the fundamental question of good and evil and how they work in our world was staring us in the face.  Some of these authorities may have been stupid, but at its core, the system was evil manifesting in the world.”

Jonathan Greenberg

The founder and Editor of the Sonoma County Independent, Greenberg is an investigative financial journalist with 35 years of experience with national publications. Greenberg also serves as founder and Executive Director of Informing to Empower, the parent non-profit of both the Sonoma Independent and the Maui Independent. Greenberg has won first prizes from the Greater Bay Journalism Awards for the past three years, starting with his coverage of the closing of County library cutbacks, and then Palm Drive Hospital. Jonathan’s professional career began as a fact checker at Forbes Magazine, where he advanced to the role of the lead reporter in creating the first Forbes 400 listing of wealthy Americans (as recounted in this recent article for Forbes’ 100th anniversary issue and more extensively in this biography of Malcolm Forbes.  Jonathan has been an investigative financial and political  journalist for such national publications  as The New York Times,  The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, Forbes, Money, Playboy, GQ, The New Republic, and Alternet.  From 2011 through 2017, Jonathan was a blogger for the Huffington Post, where his narrative-transforming reporting and analysis about subjects like Bernie Sanders, Monsanto and Native Hawaiian water protectors achieved some of the widest readership of any HuffPost writer on these subjects. Jonathan’s nearly 40 years of professional media and reporting experience has been enhanced by a Yale Law School Masters Degree fellowship program, from which he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law from internationally renowned attorney Floyd Abrams and then Yale University President Benno Schmidt. Jonathan is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Staking A Claim: Jake Simmons and the Making of an African-American Oil Dynasty, which a Washington Post Book World front page review called, “a rare biography that challenges the readers senses in the same the way science fiction does.”  In 1992, he edited Buying America Back: Economic Choices for the 1990′s, an anthology of 45 progressive solution-oriented essays called by Publisher’s Weekly,  “An immensely important resource for policymakers, community activists, and everyone concerned with building a more humane future.” As a new media innovator who has developed a half dozen interactive web platforms and dozens of content-focused web sites, Greenberg is committed to enhancing responsive government and expanding media democracy. Greenberg is founder of Progressive Source Communications, a Sebastopol-based public interest communications company. In the past, he founded and managed two other online companies, TV1.com, and Gist.com. Greenberg’s political work included serving as Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment in the years following 9-11. His work resulted in more than $250 million of federal funds being re-directed to needy businesses and constituents in the impacted area. Greenberg has been Vice President of Fenton Communication’s New York office. His work on behalf of non-profit organizations has included communications consulting for Save Darfur, Stonyfield Farm, the ACLU, and the Lakota People’s Law Project. Greenberg holds a B.A. in writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Masters Degree in Law from Yale Law School, where he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law.
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