(or, Victoria crying about history and the 1950′s Beat generation)
The Beat generation is so fucking fascinating. I’m not a literature person at all, and I don’t read any of Allen Ginsberg’s works or anything like that. Mainly Kerouac’s writing I appreciate a lot, but the history of the group of writers who basically pioneered the entire Beat movement in America is so interesting.
It started with a combination of Kill Your Darlings and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, really.
A while ago, I saw a post commenting on Dean Winchester’s bisexuality because there was speculation that Eric Kripke had modeled his character on Kerouac’s descriptions of Beat figure Neal Cassady, or more famously known as Dean Moriarty. The intended sexual orientation of the Dean is extremely irrelevant to this post, so long story short, curiosity got the best of me and I downloaded a PDF version of the original scroll that was just released in 2007 (the version released in 1950′s was heavily censored as this piece of writing talked a lot about sex and drugs). But anyway, I had no idea who this “Jack Kerouac” figure was. I just though, “Okay, another American writer I can appreciate, okay.” This was a couple of months ago.
Fast forward to just a couple of days ago. I finally got around to watching Kill Your Darlings, which depicts the friendship and the Kammerer trial of the brilliant, free-spirited Lucien Carr and poet Allen Ginsberg, portrayed by Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe respectively, during their time at Columbia (You should know despite only watching the first four Harry Potter movies, I’m a huge Daniel Radcliffe fan; I just think he’s the bee’s knees). Okay, first things first, if you haven’t watched the movie, do it. It’s amazing. It’s intense and Dane’s brilliant in this (Also, Michael C. Hall is in it and you can see him stalk and get killed by Dane DeHaan). Wait sorry, I get sidetracked easily. Anyway, yeah, that pretty much shows the start of the Beat generation. Kerouac is in this film too, and at first when I was watching this I didn’t quite put two and two together. Until it finally hit me. This immediately piqued my interest.
So yeah, I started looking up the history of the actual figures. I read published letters exchanged between the friends in the Beat group. I got so swept up with all of this that I actually just watched Howl today as well, which stars James Franco and Aaron Tveit, which follows an older Allen Ginsberg and the events of his life during the Howl Obscenity Trial.
Victoria, what the fuck is the point of this post? Sorry, nothing. There is no point. I was just gushing.
But, I recommend you check out Kill Your Darlings and check out Kerouac’s writings. His writing style lacks commas and punctuations, it’s stream of consciousness, but somehow it’s still poetic and the topics he writes about are quite fascinating. They’re mostly autobiographical and revolve around his friendship with important figures like Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. They were a fucked up bunch, and if anything, they’ll make you feel lucky that your life and relationships aren’t as fucked up as theirs.