chapter  8
Pages 30

A rebellious youthful America was the beat dream based upon personal liberty, creative expression, the breaking of sexual and spiritual taboos and experiential drug use rather than specifi c social reform, political aims and objectives. This bohemian imaginary was a hugely individualized place with a range of viewpoints from Allen Ginsberg’s political dissenting and Jack Kerouac’s particular spirituality to William Burroughs’s libertarian deviancy. Here the beat subculture is critically analyzed in terms of style, cool and consumerism with hypothetical scenarios suggested.