And the beat goes on
The Beat Generation began in the late 1940s as a group of friends who refused to conform. They were a table of writers - Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs - who had grand ideas about sexuality, drugs, materialism, individualism, and life in general.
It was about being a free spirit, living a life rich with experience, seeking adventure, and embracing the different. And they wrote as though their words sang jazz.
Try some beat slang in OPUS Bar this month:
Dixie fried = drunk
Claws sharp = all knowing about everything
Quail hunting = picking up ladies
Jungled up = your living arrangements
A shape in a drape = a well-dressed person
Making the scene = in the right place at the right time
Back seat bingo = car makeouts
Last week, Kill Your Darlings, a film about Allen Ginsberg’s role in the generation as a beat poet, was released into theatres. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg, Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac, and Ben Foster as William Burroughs, the film articulates how a young man turns into a literary figure.
“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg
~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider