They were the scar on the face of the Eisenhower era, an unmistakable blemish on a complacent world that fought the Cold War, embraced the cookie-cutter map of the new suburban frontier, looked to the strangely lifeless couple of Ozzie and Harriet as role models and accepted Pat Boone as a rock & roll star. Born from equal parts social unrest, bebop, existential thought, symbolist poetry and Zen Buddhism (and, ironically, given the freedom to study the latter three by the GI Bill), the Beat generation was a literary trend, a sociological phenomenon, a cultural revolution, a fad ... and sometimes all... More >>>