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Gregory Corso ...
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Jan Kerouac ...
Herself
Herbert Huncke ...
Himself
Fran Landesman ...
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William F. Buckley ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ed Sanders ...
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Edie Kerouac Parker ...
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Himself (as William Burroughs)
Michael McClure ...
Himself
John Clellon Holmes ...
Himself
Lawrence Ferlinghetti ...
Himself
Ann Charters ...
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Gary Snyder ...
Himself
Neal Cassady ...
Himself (archive footage)
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An investigation of the king of the Beat Generation.


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borderline hagiography
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The answer should be obvious: the influential author of 'On The Road' suffered from an overdose of self-absorption and became a martyr for untalented imitators everywhere. Few of his acolytes would ever dare to acknowledge what the Beat Generation might have actually represented: an elite minority of conceited misfits, calling attention to themselves and insisting (with no small arrogance) that by displaying their own inadequacies they were somehow expressing the angst of post-war America's disillusioned youth. Respect for an iconoclastic (if self-destructive) literary rebel is one thing, but this ongoing elevation of Kerouac to divinity is quite another.


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