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The Beat Generation

How The 'Beat Generation' Got Away from Kerouac

Joyce_Johnson | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books

One of the many surprises tucked away in the vast Jack Kerouac Archive at the New York Public Library is the tiny pocket notebook in which Kerouac reacted in the fall of 1947 to a conversation he'd just had with his mother.

Everything Began in the 1950s

David Macaray | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
David Macaray

Portraying the '50s as intellectually stunted not only misses the point, it wildly misrepresents what really happened. Not only was the decade not an era of mindless conformity, it was the diametric opposite.

Heroes and Anti-Heroes

Jerry Cimino | Posted 10.04.2011 | Home
Jerry Cimino

Why was I drawn to this group of nonconformists who never set out to change the world but who did so anyway because they followed their own individual passions?

Influences: Angelic and Demonic

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Barbara Probst Solomon

Salinger gave my generation a permission to write about our lives, our very ordinary adolescent times. He gave us our voice, our right to be serious in our own postwar, perhaps over-privileged, tones.