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The Beats by Paul M. Buhle
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Dec 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: comic-books
Read in December, 2011

Harvey Pekar's stuff is always interesting, and this graphic novel retrospective of the careers of three major beats: Kerouac, Ginsburg, and Burroughs, is no exception. It painted them as kind of extraordinary assholes, mostly, even Ginsburg comes off as a massive egoist. My absolute favorite graphic essay was actually Beatnik Chicks, by Joyce Brabner and Summer McClinton. Brabner does a very evocative job of pointing out that many of the women associated with the Beats were just as original in their life choices, and just as productive, but often overshadowed and steamrolled by the men who ran their beat cohort. Which was a sad reality of many mid 20th century counterculture movements. Very interesting piece of history, engagingly told.

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