Jill In part, beat literature is an attempt to remove all filters and write as thoughts come to us. It was indeed fueled by alcohol, pot, coffee benzadrine. But also by Jack's (according to Allen, "unspeakable enthusiasm". If you read Big Sur, you'll get a better sense of Jack's love of words for their music. There were many (at the time) strict rules in writing and Jack pretty much violated them all. As did Ginsberg, and Burroughs, Amiri Baraka and Gary Snyder.