pack formations…


The in crowd.

This group is always around.

They can be found anywhere.

Who is in the background?  The developments of groups & organizations…and for that matter movements, are based on similarities.  As per yesterday’s post, can differences be the point for collective activities?

The “Beat Generation” is in the news for at least two reasons.  One is the soon to be closing exhibition of photographs by Allen Ginsberg.  Secondly, is the film Howl, opening September 24th.  Allen Ginsberg is the common factor between the two events.  Ginsberg is best known as writer & poet, but over many decades he photographically documented the living history of the “Beat Generation”.  In doing so, the legend of the group lives on and on, all the way to Washington D.C., at the National Gallery of Art.  In the time of the 1950’s, “Howl” was controversial on many levels for many individuals.  For many, the poem was somewhere between completely non-understandable and a hidden code.  The mention of a saintly motorcyclists within the poem is an important moment.  The saintly motorcyclists is a reference to Marlon Brando, and his character in The Wild One.  As a group, the “Beat Generation” was defined in the 1957 novel “On the Road“, by Jack Kerouac.  Marlon Brando owned the movie rights to “On the Road” for many years, until selling them to Francis Ford Coppola.

The film “Howl” opens this month, but someone was writing and thinking long ago about who they wished were in their group.

Jack Kerouac Autograph: “Greatest satisfaction in life is writing.”

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