This, I thought, was the way of the future and I would write a novel or book of poetry that didn't have to rhyme (I was also a fan of Alan Ginsberg) and join the literati of the Beat Generation
. Instead I became a journalist and grammatical discipline was once more enforced.
Their topics include in Kainuu as in Colorado: receptions and appropriations of Beat literature in Finland during the 1960s, Howl on the road: traces of the Beat movement in Estonian literature, from pencil blue to carnation red: the long 1960s and Beat reception in Portugal, the Beat generation
in Spain: changes in the underground culture, reading Beat and being Beat in Oslo: the reception and inspiration of Beat culture in post-war Norway, and unexploded bombshells: Beat (non)subversion in the Francophone and Flemish crucibles.
The artists and other Beat Generation
figures represented here are core to the movement or are associated with then-contemporary and complementary avant-garde poetic movements.
In a recent article for the Washington Post, Jeff Weiss describes traveling the West Coast of America, interviewing surviving members of the Beat Generation
(Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane di Prima, Michael McClure, Herbert Gold, and Gary Snyder).
We were known as the Beat Generation
, famous for taking trips, Mostly by chara to Blackpool, when the pubs shut, we loved our fish and chips.
The Beat Generation
's definition of "square" is in Webster's 1986 dictionary as the 16th noun definition: "a person who is an outsider or adversary because of the conventionality, conservatism, or respectability of his taste, behavior, or way of life: one who is not in the know: fogy, also: dupe, sucker - compare bourgeois, philistine."
Brett heads to Paris, living in fleabag hotels and befriending some of the Beat Generation
writers, including Allen Ginsberg.
" will not entirely depart from our posthumanist Zeitgeist.
Iain Sinclair sets out on his quest for the ghosts and spirits of members of the Beat Generation
because "I needed a new mythology to shield against the sense of loss and hanging dread inherent in the invasion and dissolution of my familiar London ground." He ranges across America from ocean to ocean, from Charles Olson to Gary Snyder and down the list of marginal figures who have become "living exhibits," discovering in the process that poets have been "absorbed by the fetishized objects that surround them." Those who cannot create "a successful brand" and in effect issue an IPO can only fall back on "erasure, suicide, Mexico."
Part of a series of pop culture "FAQ" titles from Backbeat Books, The Beat Generation
FAQ: All That's Left To Know About The Angleheaded Hipsters examines a literary movement that arose as counterculture to the stifling repressions and conformity that saturated post World War II life in the United States.
Out of the chaos and destruction of World War II emerged the hipster, a figure variously represented in works such as John Clellon Holmes', Go, which is about the group of figures at the center of the Beat Generation
: Lawrence Lipton's The Holy Barbarians, a sociological study of the lives of some West Coast hipsters; and Norman Mailer's essay "The White Negro" (1957), in which he introduced his titular existential anti-hero.