Day Two: "B" Stands for the Beat Generation.
The What Generation you ask? Or perhaps you've heard of it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"The Beat Generation was a group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post World War II era."
Now, I really knew nothing about the Beat Generation, even though I was a child of the 50s. It's interesting to me now to read about these ... shall I call them Rebels? They rejected standard narrative values, the spiritual quest, exploration of American and Eastern religions, and rejected materialism. They experimented with psychedelic drugs and liberation and exploration.
Who were they? To name a few: Allen Ginsberg who wrote Howl (1956), William S. Burroughs and his Naked Lunch (1959), Jack Kerouac and On the Road (1957). I haven't read any of those, have you?
Both Howl and Naked Lunch were the focus of obscenity trials that helped to liberalize publishing in the U. S.
The Beat Generation celebrated non-conformity and spontaneous creativity.
In the 1960s elements of the Beat movement became part of the hippie culture.
Another part of our history. And some people think history is boring.
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