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Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Best Minds?

I saw the best minds of my generation . . . .

The "best"? Seriously? So who are we talking about here? Can it be the case we are talking about a surly crowd of shiftless low-life psychos, drunks, random drug addicts, grifters, graphomaniacs, sex addicts, and burglars, like Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Neal Cassady, Kerouac, Burroughs, and any number of nameless human rats living in or near Times Square? Perhaps it can. Though Ginsberg's accomplishments and travels cannot be sneezed at. The man kept his shoulder to the wheel. And who hasn't exaggerated at one time or another?