He has always been a writer, but Peter Coyote became a movie star and a notorious hippie before he got around to publishing a book. Sleeping Where I Fall is the autobiography of a man who has led a very, very interesting life, one that reflects the culture and politics of those famous Baby Boomers. Although nothing seems to have changed very substantially in the aftermath of their energetic efforts to "change the world" (racism and sexism are doing fine, thank you very much), the world continues to respond with fascination for the attempt. Sleeping, in a 10th-anniversary reprint, feeds that fascination. It follows Coyote from normal middle-class youth to truth-seeking adult freakout, and while the author hasn't lost his desire for justice and equality, he looks back at the crazy times with a level head. Well-reviewed in its first printing, the book concentrates on the Diggers, the Free Family, drugs, and the genesis of the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
Thu., Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2009