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4… Beatnik

The Beat Generation
Inspired by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
-Jack Kerouac

In the Season 2 premiere, the girls profess their love for Ryan through spoken word poetry.

The Beat Generation is a term used to describe a group of American writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, and the cultural phenomena that they wrote about and inspired (later sometimes called “beatniks”). Central elements of “Beat” culture include a rejection of materialism, experimentation with drugs and alternate forms of sexuality, and an interest in Eastern religion.


Jack Kerouac

Inspiration

Jack Kerouac is recognized as an important writer both for his spontaneous style and for his content which consistently dealt with such topics as jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired several prominent writers, including Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Will Clarke, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, Haruki Murakami, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and writers of the New Journalism.

Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg was an American poet who vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression. In the 1950s, Ginsberg was a leading figure of the Beat Generation, an anarchic group of young men and women who combined poetry, song, sex, wine and illicit drugs with passionate political ideas that championed personal freedoms.

Major literary works of the Beat Generation include the novels On The Road by Jack Kerouac and Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, as well as Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl, in which he celebrates his fellow “angelheaded hipsters” and excoriates what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.


Fun Fact: The rollerskate used to propel that Yin Lady backwards was the same skate from Episode 1, “Waiting for Ryan Braun.” Each prop has specific meaning and significance in the series.


An exceprt from the Poem “Howl”

by Allen Ginsberg

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I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war…

“The so-called Beat Generation was a whole bunch of people, of all different nationalities, who came to the conclusion that society sucked.” -

Amari Baraka

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