Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Beats

I went one afternoon to the church of my childhood and had a vision of what I must have really meant with "Beat"... the vision of the word Beat as being to mean beatific... People began to call themselves beatniks, beats, jazzniks, bopniks, bugniks and finally I was called the "avatar" of all this.
"The Origins of the Beat Generation" in Playboy (June 1959)

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