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Saturday, November 12, 2005

entry arrow2:10 PM | The Last of the Beat Generation Speaks Up

There was a time, when I was an angst-ridden teenager, and I devoured most of their works like a fever, from Allen Ginsberg to Jack Kerouac. I still look back fondly on those inclindations, but the angst has ebbed away like most remnants of youth. But here is Lawrence Ferlinghetti in The New York Times Magazine. He may be the last of that generation of writers we call the Beats, and here he is speaking up, and still making some sense. An example:
... It's high time we honored this endangered species... the literarians in the world, and there are millions of them. They are not considered the dominant culture in this country. What's called the dominant culture will fade away as soon as the electricity goes off.

Are you saying the word "literarians" refers to all readers of books, as opposed to people who prefer their culture plugged into an electric socket?

Yes. In the 60's, there was a famous slogan,"Be Here Now," which in fact was a best-selling book by Ram Dass. Today, with the cellphones, the fax, the Internet, the whole schmear - the slogan you have today is "Be Somewhere Else Now."

Ahaha! Oh, well. And with that, I have to go and write something. (Or maybe read the rest of the Saturday away with a really juicy book.)

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