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Shortcomings of Cultural Rebellion

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. He immediately dubs it a stale book, with little to no excitement. While Kerouac uses words to make things sound fascinating and passionate, Goodman claims that this is just that way people of the beat movement communicate. These things are actually mildly more arousing than everyday circumstances. Podhoretz: Know Nothing Bohemians Podhoretz describes the rise of Jack Kerouac and what he stood for in regards to American society. According to Podhortz, Kerouac “was the spokesman of a new group of rebels and Bohemians who called themselves the Beat Generation”(p144). Podhoretz comments on Jacks most popular book On the Road and gives his reasoning behind the books success. It gave relief and reason to the American society after World War II and the writings that came from it. The book stood for a fresh new and undefined generation that people were anxious to relate to. It was edgy and provocative and symbolized a live fast, die young life style that was easy to idolize. Kerouac turns his audience away from popular, middle class, square society and gives praise to: rural farm workers, oppressed minorities, bums and whores. “This tremendous emphasis on emotional intensity, this notion that to be hopped up is the most desirable of all conditions, lies at the heart of the Beat Generation” (p146) claims Podoretz. He goes on to compare Bohemianism in the 20’s to the 50’s, making it seem that the newer Bohemians have less reasoning behind what they do and are more impulsive with respects for anybody who lives outside popular square society. He terms this life style as primitivism and claims that Kerouac and the beat movement strong advocates of this.
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