Bible of the Beats “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars (Kerouac 5-6).” On The Road by Jack Kerouac accurately depicts the story of the Beat Generation, their mentality, and their struggles. The Beat Generation fought against societal norms to create a truly unique voice in the fifties. The members of the Beat Generation, “the Beats”, felt alienated from the Mainstream White America (Holton 2). The Beat Generation cropped up in a time when the urge to comply to White America was at its highest, and they combated and confronted the idea of conformity all together. In the Beat Classic, On the Road, the characters, Beats, felt the need to change or challenge the social order (Holton 1). The Beat Generation wanted to copy heroes from all types of ostracized groups, like African Americans. Many have considered the Beat Generation to be White Negroes meaning they listened to the considerably black music and acted like a negro would. They even used the same kind of “hip” slang as the Negroes of the time. The Beats desired to be join these excluded groups. On The Road expressed this diversity many times throughout the novel (Holton 2). In one example, Sal finds himself in Mill City which is described as, “the only community in America where whites and Negroes lived together voluntarily.” (Kerouac 60) In fact, at one point Sal finds himself wanting to be a Negro, wishing for that life, thinking about how bad he had it compared to other minorities (Holton 3) “wishing I were a Negro, feeling that the best the white world had to offer was not enough. . . anything but I was so drearily, a ‘white man’ disillusioned.” (Kerouac 180) The Beat Generation abandoned their regular lives in hopes to run away in hopes of running away from responsibility. It can be said that Sal Paradise, the main character in On the Road, goes on these cross country trips to escape from the pressures in life rather than find life itself. Sal attempts to free himself from true intimacy and more taxing human relationships. Sal fears his emotions and attempts to go through life unattached. He expresses things in the most hyperbolic way making everything the saddest moment or the greatest in the world without an in-between. For Sal Paradise, it seems that real life is never enough it must be emphasized and intensified (Vopat 1). Sal is not the only character to feel this way most of the characters in On the Road take to the adventure not to find responsibility but leave it behind, many of them run from wives, kids, mistresses. Sal and Dean go on pointless trips to evade everything that threatens them for they do not want to change. Freedom is in all reality freedom from life. Dean Moriarty is completely free because he is absolutely crazy. Dean is out of range where good and evil are concerned (Vopat 2). Another form escape for the characters in On the Road was sex. For Sal Paradise the bed is really a “deathbed” where he hopes to lose himself in in bliss. He is convinced one of his “flings” Terry is a whore until he realizes that she is just a young girl as delicate as he is. “I saw her poor belly where there was Caesarian scar; her hips were so narrow she couldn’t bear a child without getting gashed open. Her legs were like little sticks. She was only four foot ten. I made love to her in the sweetness of the weary morning. Then, two tired angels of some kind, hung-up forlornly in an LA shelf, having found the closest and…
October 2, 2014
Beats Electronics was formally established in 2008 by, Jimmy Lovine and Dr. Dre (Andre’ Young) rapper and producer. Consumers can purchase premium headphones, ear buds, and speakers which include beats audio patented software technology. They also offer a subscription service for streaming music; no other headphone company has this ability. Beats popularity was due to marketing practices centered on product placement and…
Assignment #1: Contemporary Art Writing
Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture
Under the preface of hip hop as activism and expression, Beat Nation speaks directly to the anger and negation of a history permanently altered and damaged by the Canadian Government’s Indian Act (a piece of statute that is still upheld today). The resulting works in the exhibition are about expression and knowing your rights, translating into mostly dense and poignant, some radically…
The Beats and the Ravers
A cultural movement can be defined both by the people it attracts and by the way it makes its participants feel. The Beat movement and the Rave scene, although very different, strive to bring both their communities together into one shared state of being through their preferred artistic mediums. Each community aimed to use drugs, music, and art to create a shared feeling of community and belonging for a group of people who feel as if modern society has made no effort to…
The origins of the word ‘beat’ are obscure, but the meaning is only to clear to most Americans. It implies the feeling of having been used, of being raw.
In literature they adopted rhythms of simple American speech and of bop and progressive jazz. He has much meaning of this word and has it described in depth to understand what it means and why it is used the way it is.
First, “During the 1960s "beat" ideas and attitudes were absorbed by other cultural movements…
Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Byron Hurt was very interested in hip hop and the culture surrounding it, which makes his documentary stronger. Any critics of hip hop and the culture around it usually aren’t fans of it. Byron Hurt’s documentary, Beyond Beats and Rhymes shows the bigger picture view of hip hop and the roles it assigns.
In the documentary, one of the major themes is the aspect of violence in manhood. Many of the videos seen depict all the rappers as almost invincible and extremely…
document that requires a specific outcome needs to be without error. This includes the Holy Bible and all of its writings.
Elmer Towns defines the term inerrancy as "That which God revealed and inspired (the Bible) is accurate, reliable, authoritative, and without error."2 P. D. Feinberg provides this interpretation: "Inerrancy is the view that when all the facts become known, they will demonstrate that the Bible in its original autographs and correctly interpreted is entirely true and never false…
Professor Marc Hewson
17 March 2015
Ginsberg and the Beats
The Beat generation and its ideas that first originated sometime in the late 40s in response to the capitalist, conservative culture that had been spawned post World War two was quite possibly best captured in Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl”, and the responses it produced by each of the two parties could not have possibly been more contrasted. It was one of the most controversial pieces of literature for its time…
I believe that the Bible should be taught without imprinting opinions and by a person who is neither an atheist, nor a staunch believer. People have their own opinions and beliefs, and it is up to them to determine what they want. In a CBS News article it states “It is not so much whether to teach the Bible in public schools, but how and by whom”. I agree. If you are being taught by a strongly religious person, they will tell you God does exist, and everything in the Bible is true. Or perhaps being…
Can you feel it? All the guys in here don't even wanna dance
Can you feel it? All that I can hear is music from the back
Can you feel it? Found you hiding here so won't you take my hand darling
Before the beat kicks in again
Can you feel it?
Can you feel it?
I need you darling
Come on set the tone
If you feel you're falling
Won't you let me know
If you love me come on get involved…