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The Beats by Paul M. Buhle
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May 18, 2012

really liked it
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Read from May 18 to 19, 2012

Very nice summation of the Beat movement by Harvey Pekar and many artists and writers--all of it carries Pekar's dark humor and opinions. The art is wonderful--varying from bio to bio. My only real complaint is the re-telling of the "misogynist" attitudes the male beats are always accused of and rumor mongering about Kerouac's sexuality (does not matter to me, but it's been called out as untrue by many people close to Kerouac.) I always find it ironic that people praise Ginsberg to the moon as the "kind" beat when he was more horrible to women than any of them. Even within this book there is the story of one of the Beat muses who Ginsberg used for many things (including as a secretary) and then broke her heart to the extent that she descended into madness and drug abuse and committed suicide. Other than some disinformation this is a really fun and entertaining way to get a basic idea of not only the most important beat artists but the more obscure beats.
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