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Oregon Commune Living


“Turn on, tune in, drop out.”

A lot of people heeded that mantra in the 1960s and 70s, leaving behind the consumer economy to set up utopian communes. Some of those people ended up in rural Oregon, including Margaret Grundstein. She left behind the Ivy League to follow her husband and friends to a plot of land without electricity, plumbing, or phones.

Grundstein reveals the gritty realities of free love, gender divisions, and land ownership in her new memoir “Naked in the Woods: My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune.”

We talk to Grundstein about her experience of “utopian” living, and how the communes of the 1970s may have paved the way for today’s organic farming, local eating, and intentional communities.

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