Poet and activist Allen Ginsberg with the protestors - Miami Beach, Florida. Photo: Tony Schweikle

What was the Beat Generation all about, anyway? Here’s Jack Kerouac’s answer, as quoted by fellow beatnik John Clellon Holmes: “It’s a kind of furtiveness… . Like we were a generation of furtives. You know, with an inner knowledge there’s no use flaunting on that level, the level of the ‘public,’ a kind of beatness—I mean, being right down to it, to ourselves, because we all really know where we are—and a weariness with all the forms, all the conventions of the world…...

 

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