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A useful summary. I wonder about the lasting influences, if any, of the Beat writers. Maybe Dylan? Although I would think he tends to take what he needs and move on. But in this short clip of Dylan and Ginsberg visiting Kerouac's grave, it seems Dylan was still within the Beat orbit in 1975:


Mary (BBP)

Oh good question. I would think the Beats generally (and Ginsberg specifically) had a huge influence: (1) beat culture became hippie culture, and then on his own Ginsberg had a big influence on (2) free speech and protest culture, (3) gay rights, (4) drug culture, (5) his Buddhist work at Naropa, and he influenced not only Bob Dylan, but Patti Smith, Paul McCartney (who shows up in one of the Ginsberg documentaries), John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Pinsky (to name a few writers). I also think for ecology writers, Gary Snyder is a big influence. And William Burroughs (along with the French Surrealists) are still influencing experiments in Language Poetries and New Media pieces.

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