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Armed Love
by Elia Katz
ISBN:  978-0-917990-99-1

Armed Love, first published in 1971, is a description of the author's experience in America’s communes. Katz documents the people, the sex, the drugs, and the various organizations of communal lifestyles from New York City to San Francisco.


The best portrayal of contemporary youth in the United States.—New Haven Register

Elia Katz…can really write, and not only can he write, he can think, too, and among young writers that is far rarer.—Michael Rogers, Rolling Stone

Hilarious, whimsical, touching…as much a work of fiction as Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel, except that Wolfe thought he was writing fiction and Katz knows he is writing nonfiction. Armed Love is within a long literary tradition in American literature, from Natty Bumppo's moving out west to Dean Moriarty's speeding down the highway in On the Road.—New York Herald

He began in absolute sympathy with the drop-out children of affluent America…but experience with them forced him to acknowledge that the search for an impossible freedom had shaped them into an incongruous mirror-image of the values they tried to flee…Katz's book is both corrosively funny and serious, and reads with the verve and immediacy of a good novel.—Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Elia Katz 's stories have appeared in such journals as The Chicago Review, Carolina Quarterly, Deathburger, and The New Directions Annuals. Armed Love, his book about America’s commune movement of the 1960s and 70s, has been described as a non-fiction novel.

Also by Elia Katz are the long poem Christ in the Bronx and two science fiction novellas: The End-of-the-World Chapter and The Buster Booklet. He created and produced the ground-breaking video series, Authors on Videotape, and is an award-winning TV writer, his work having appeared on Hill Street Blues, Tour of Duty, and Simon and Simon, among many other shows.