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hipsters to the beatnik chicks, from Chicago s College of Complexes to San Francisco s famed City Lights bookstore Snapshots of lesser known poets and writers sit alongside frank and compelling looks at the Beats most recognizable faces What emerges is a brilliant collage of and tribute to a generation, in a form and style that is as original as its subject When Love Hurts (Jaylen and Jessica Series Book 1) those who were mad to live have come back to life through artwork as vibrant as the Beat movement itself Told by the comic legend Harvey Pekar Heute Nicht, Vielleicht Morgen ... his frequent artistic collaborator Ed Piskor New Lives and a range of artists and writers Naughty Nurse for a Night (A Hotwife Tale) including the feminist comic creator Trina Robbins and the Mad magazine artist Peter Kuper When I Feel Sad The Beats takes us on a wild tour of a generation that Crochet Coral Reef in the face of mainstream American conformity and conservatism What I Have Written became known 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compelling looks at the Beats most recognizable faces What emerges is a brilliant collage of and tribute to a generation A Comedy of Murders in a form and style that is as original as its subject Most of the text is by Harvey Pekar and is nowhere near as interesting as when he wrote about his own life Most of the art is by Ed Piskor, and is OK but he s doneinteresting biographies when he writes the text himself See Hip Hop Family Tree The male beats were often jerks That is why the story about beatnik chicks is a welcome relief The best thing here for me is that it allowed me to discover whimsical poet illustrator Kenneth Patchen The section about him can be read online Most of the text is by Harvey Pekar and is nowhere near as interesting as when he wrote about his own life Most of the art is by Ed Piskor, and is OK but he s doneinteresting biographies when he writes the text himself See Hip Hop Family Tree The male beats were often jerks That is why the story about beatnik chicks is a welcome relief The best thing here for me is that it allowed me to discover whimsical poet illustrator Kenneth Patchen The section about him can be read online here courtesy of the illustrator Nick Thorkelson Overall, not a very recommended read Harvey Pekar at his best uses the patently exciting comic book medium to conjure the pretense of drama to altogether mundane run of the mill life at his worst, which includes this book, he and his collaborators damn and fumble with by default a fun medium hard to fuck up and an exciting topic and churn out pinko propaganda reminiscent of dull children s textbooks with boring art and the text of highly slanted wikipedia articles If I was a teenager I would hate this book I was never given a Harvey Pekar at his best uses the patently exciting comic book medium to conjure the pretense of drama to altogether mundane run of the mill life at his worst, which includes this book, he and his collaborators damn and fumble with by default a fun medium hard to fuck up and an exciting topic and churn out pinko propaganda reminiscent of dull children s textbooks with boring art and the text of highly slanted wikipedia articles If I was a teenager I would hate this book I was never given a reason why I should care about the beats, why they are exciting and not just some relic historic fuddy duddies We are never given a glimpse of their prose, just a sling of meaningless adjectives and a dry recount of their lives Howl was great or revolutionary, Kerouac met so and so, this guy pussied around for a while in his head and became a monk, Burroughs liked Tangier because of the little boys mentioned three times , etc The most exciting background art used is a bookshelf The book lacks any narrative punch, just slanted, biased facts, panels upon panels of retellings of similar biographies over and over again Everyone comes out like a pompous windbag, a spoiled white boy, and I m fine with that that s what they were, but some of them did amazing things as pompous windbags and spoiled white boys, this book just lacks the ability to make me care about the sometimes amazing things they did I love Jack Kerouac, but he s been taking a beating from the Cool Dad PC Bobos that have commandeered the beatnik as well as all countercultural movements, and there is nothing to really love about him here, as he is portrayed as a self indulgent, homophobic gay manchild clamoring for money We can t get into any of these heads, we can t see any of the drama, just The Information Is there gonna be a quiz I hated how clean this book was, how all the beats were Saints and Geniuses The art was clean to match the bland predictability of the factoid prose They re all treated as if they were MLK or Gandhi or some other pasteurized, artificial beatified pun intended figure In other words, they don t seem like real people, just historic articles I was looking forward to the other artists take on the Beats at the end of the book but they were for the most part disappointing Only Beatnik Chicks by Joyce Brabner used the comic book medium in any stimulating way and what she personally had to say wasn t altogether interesting Jerry Lewis thing on Tuli Kupferberg had the most appropriate art but like the other pieces fell back on a dry recitation of the guy s biography, purified and objectified so you can t get into his head, but just see him as walking cardboard for the Leftist Movement and ends with a link to the Fugs website Many other pieces serve basically as spam commercials to bastions of archaic cool like the City Lights Bookstore This book also confuses Beats with just plain old counterculturals, and sees too much of a smiling parallel between the Beats and the Hippies, when in my eye the two groups couldn t beapart And no mention of Larry Lipton The 21st century has brought us sterile shit that has digitized the past into a homogenized New Liberal World Order, where lived people become whitewashed status figures, where interesting ambiguous fluctuating life becomes a string of meaningless facts and input data art We live in a world past history, where the past people are mythologized or sneered at or respected too much to learn from If you ve never heard of the Beats before or you re in the library of some hippie middle school, then you might learn the names of some people you don t know about so you can look them up on your laptop or ipoop and read the original documents that they are credited as authoring The only guys I found in here that looked interesting was Kenneth Patchen and Slim Brundage Harvey Pekar presents a brief introduction to the artistic movement from the mid 20th century known as The Beats, focusing on the three major writers of this movement Jack Kerouac, William S Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg Pekar also takes a look at some of the minor artists while providing an historical context of this period The best parts of this volume are the appraisals of the lives of Kerouac Burroughs Ginsberg While I knew something about these writers lives already and have read their Harvey Pekar presents a brief introduction to the artistic movement from the mid 20th century known as The Beats, focusing on the three major writers of this movement Jack Kerouac, William S Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg Pekar also takes a look at some of the minor artists while providing an historical context of this period The best parts of this volume are the appraisals of the lives of Kerouac Burroughs Ginsberg While I knew something about these writers lives already and have read their major works, I still learned some things about them I didn t before reading this Kerouac was very conservative despite his reputation for being free wheeling, and he was misogynistic, homophobic, and racist, all of which were odd stances as he was bisexual himself and had many Jewish friends Ginsberg for one Burroughs life was as sordid as I remembered it though I hadn t realised his own son s had been quite so horrific as well I liked how Ed Piskor drew him throughout as a kind of vampiric zombie Burroughs didn t seem like a nice person despite the art he produced Ginsberg s life was full of political activism and he could rightly be considered a celebrity because of his work and his connections to just about everybody within the Beat movement He also comes across as the nicest person the group, a man with demons of his own but who didn t deal with them destructively nor allow them to destroy him The second half of this 200 page comic takes up the rest of the Beats, none of whom I recognised and shows you how well researched and fascinated in the subject Pekar was Through brief strips you get to know these people and a variety of artists illustrate these parts Ed Piskor illustrated the first half of the book that covered Kerouac, Burroughs and Ginsberg Joyce Brabner Pekar s wife contributes an excellent strip at the overlooked women of the Beat movement, showing the similarity between their difficult lives and their male counterparts , which were somehow never recognised to the same extent It also casts the heroes of the Beat movement in a critical light, showing them as pretentious, selfish and hypocritical Overall the book was an excellent read that was very informative about these interesting, though flawed, artists and this particular moment in history More than anything, looking upon this explosion of art inspires you to turn your hand as easily as they did to anything at all, writing, music, painting, and so the book is overwhelmingly positive in this regard to creative readers looking for a spark to set them off Pekar manages to provide the reader with a highly informative and entertaining impression of this movement and anybody looking for a none too demanding overview of the Beats would do well to pick up this book I love the idea behind this book present the leading figures of the Beat movement in graphic novel form How fun This is not only informative, it s a great way to get someone who might not pick up a standard biography of any of these folks to learnabout their lives.Graphic novels work great for moving stories along, presenting action, taking you into a scene However, it sappropriate for short stories, and not so great for exposition Here, especially for the Jack Kerouac chapter, I love the idea behind this book present the leading figures of the Beat movement in graphic novel form How fun This is not only informative, it s a great way to get someone who might not pick up a standard biography of any of these folks to learnabout their lives.Graphic novels work great for moving stories along, presenting action, taking you into a scene However, it sappropriate for short stories, and not so great for exposition Here, especially for the Jack Kerouac chapter, there was so much background history to cover, that instead of episodes with movement, we get snapshots Jack Kerouac discovers jazz, Jack Kerouac quits Columbia, Jack Kerouac meets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac gets hooked on speed, Jack Kerouac goes to Colorado to hang out with Neal Cassady It was a lot of information, but none of it fleshed out So, if you re like me, and you don t know a whole lot about the Beats, it was a little dry Which is kind of surprising, given how sensational and how seedy some of the aspects of their lives were Plenty of booze, drugs, and sex going on here But presented in a PG 13 way, so don t get too excited, folks And not helping the situation was the fact that I didn t like what I was seeing Kerouac came across as a selfish, amoral man, who used women and didn t care about anyone but himself However, once the book moved past Kerouac, and on to Allen Ginsberg and others, there was less background information to cover, and so the authors could taketime with separate events, and it gotinteresting I found Ginsberg much pleasanter company than Kerouac, for one thing I liked his intellectual curiosity, his generosity to other poets, and his working for causes such as gay rights There s one other longish chapter on Burroughs, and then many shorter chapters on other figures and places of importance My favorite parts were the chapters on Diane di Prima, and especially Beatnik Chicks, written by Joyce Brabner, which were not just about the beat movement, but about the restrictions on women s roles back in the 50s Women beatniks were fighting against not just 50s repression, but the whole long history of being seen as second class citizens Beatnik chicks wore pixie cuts or long hair with blunt cut bangs They dressed in black clothes with black tights They were something to laugh at Many were too serious and too smart Those beatnik chicks usually wore glasses that made them evenfunny looking There was supposed to be something ridiculous about smart, serious women with glasses That worried me And in this and the next panel we see a pictures of Brabner as a girl in 1961, and present day, wearing glasses.Then she recounts the stories of the women around the Beats, who were treated as disposable by Kerouac and Ginsberg and Jones Joan Kerouac, Hettie Jones, Joyce Johnson, Carolyn, Cassady, and others These women were not absurd ornaments And they made much possible for women like me They were nobody s wife As a smart, glasses wearing woman who appreciates being regarded as my own person, having my own career, and beingthan just a wife, I was really moved by this chapter So, I recommend this book not for Kerouac s story, which I found as loathsome as Brabner does, but for the other Beats and the history of the movement