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Actually, I love a lot of little pieces of Beat literature, and I found it really hard to think of my favorite things when I sat down to list them because they scattered in my memory into various collections and pieces in magazines long forgotten. I started with On the Road by Jack Kerouac when I was a kid, and I've been hooked ever since. I spent a great deal of the 70s and early 80s admiring the Beat generation for even having a literary genre, which I thought the hippie generation had failed to produce. Now I look back on Richard Brautigan and Tom Robbins and realize, hey, there's at least two hippie authors right there, and probably more if I tried to think of them (opportunity to email me with more ideas!).
Then Carol Udell lent me her dog-eared copy of The Beat Scene and I went beatnik in a big way for the rest of the 70s, reading all the Kerouac I could stand and all the William Burroughs I could stand and all of the Beat poetry I could stand. Of them all, it was Seymour Krim who I appreciated the most. What a genius with words and ideas!