Bell, End of Ideology: footnote on Beats
This was written before the Beatnik fad unfolded, and dealt with the
complaint of Mr. Podhoretz that his generation had found it difficult to
adopt a radical political stance. Jack Keronac, the "spokesman" of the
Beat Generation, is, it should be pointed out, thirty-seven years old--a
curious reversal of role, since the effort of the Beats is, like Peter
Pan, the denial of growing up. It is, of course, an apolitical movement.
See the essay by Norman Podhoretz, "The Know-Nothing Bohemians,"
Partisan Review, Spring, 1958.
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