journal entries - 1 Respond to the Introduction to The Portable Beats Reader I have never heard of The Beats After researching for this class I have

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1) Respond to the Introduction to The Portable Beats Reader I have never heard of “The Beats”. After researching for this class, I have learned that the Beat Generation was a group of American post-World War II writers who came to prominence in the 1950s. Central elements of "Beat" culture include rejection of received standards, innovations in style, use of illegal drugs, alternative sexualities, an interest in religion, a rejection of materialism, and explicit portrayals of the human condition. Allen Ginsberg 's Howl (1956), William S. Burroughs 's Naked Lunch (1959) and Jack Kerouac 's On the Road (1957) are among the best known examples of Beat literature. The members of the Beat Generation developed a reputation as new bohemian hedonists, who celebrated non-conformity and spontaneous creativity. The original "Beat Generation" writers met in New York. Later, in the mid-1950s, the central figures ended up together in San Francisco where they met and became friends of figures associated with the San Francisco Renaissance . In the 1960s, elements of the expanding Beat movement were incorporated into the hippie and larger counterculture movements. 2) Respond to The Source documentary film- what do you think now? A compelling film about the writers and personalities of the Beat Generation, The Source is both a documentary and a dramatization. Chuck Workman who compiled a startling amount of footage, home movies, photographs, television appearances, and interviews of the Beat writers directed the documentary. Although the film focuses on Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs, it also features Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, and Ken Kesey. Interspersed among the

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