Some guidelines are below that make my life much easier. (And maybe yours, too.)
(If the ask box below is spazzing, click here to go to the regular page.)
If you'd like your question or comment addressed, please do not:
- ask questions that have already been answered. They're all here for your reading pleasure!
- be rude or impatient. I'm sorry for any delays in responding, but it happens. Suggestions are welcome, but please be constructive.
- ask me to greatly help with your project. Your school likely subscribes to databases, and those store some wonderful stuff about the Beats. Also, The Allen Ginsberg Project runs an absolutely phenomenal website and blog that will be great help if you're studying him. I can point you in some good directions if you'd like, but nothing time-intensive, please!
- request that I promote your poetry, blog, etc. "Tribute" art works of all varieties are always cool to see as long as you're not advertising yourself.
- On Bukowski: Bukowski is on this blog because I and most others like his work, and his style and attitudes reflect those of the Beats. I post several people on here as well who are not technical "beatniks".
- On terminology: I use the term beatnik because I am intrigued by both the original Beats and the pop culture that developed later. The umbrella term that fits both of these is "beatnik."
- On films: I thought Howl was a fairly good film if a little choppy. I have not yet seen On the Road, but I'm not very optimistic. A Man Within was lovely.
- On favourites: Mine is Ginsberg.
- On women: I make an effort to include them as much as I can without it seeming obvious that I'm doing so. The sad truth is there weren't many Beat women primarily because of the culture of the time. You can read more of my thoughts about this here.
- On where to find things: I have all kinds of ways to search this blog here, and the archive is here.
- On who I am: My name is Cat, and I also love cats. I'm female, American, far left, and agnostic, none of which should really matter but okay. I'm in college, living in the South. I attend a liberal arts school where I study psychology and gender, and I have been studying the Beats since 2008.