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  1. The Beat Scene edited by Elias Wilentz
  2. Dinners and Nightmares by Diane Di Prima
  3. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
  4. The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac
  5. Put Down of the Whore of Babylon by Philip Lamantia
  6. Making It! by Seymour Krim
  7. Howl by Allen Ginsburg
  8. Visions of Cody by Jack Kerouac
  9. Boris Oblesow by Barbara Ellen
  10. The Beats edited by Seymour Krim

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!