Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex [NOOK Book]

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The writings that shocked America out of the 1950s

Blasting through the crew-cuts and conformism of their day, the Beat writers were queer in the fullest sense of the word: their fluid sexuality challenged all sexual and romantic conventions. Most shocking of their unconventional attitudes was their embrace of same-sex eroticism. At a time when gay people were considered mentally ill or criminal, the Beats celebrated spontaneity and freedom ...
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Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex

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Overview


The writings that shocked America out of the 1950s

Blasting through the crew-cuts and conformism of their day, the Beat writers were queer in the fullest sense of the word: their fluid sexuality challenged all sexual and romantic conventions. Most shocking of their unconventional attitudes was their embrace of same-sex eroticism. At a time when gay people were considered mentally ill or criminal, the Beats celebrated spontaneity and freedom in thought, word, and action. Their highest value was nakedness—even before Allen Ginsberg stripped bare at a poetry reading to silence a heckler. They would try anything once, then write about it.

Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex traces, for the first time, the queer pulse that throbs throughout the Beats' writings—from William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch and Allen Ginsberg's wistful, boy-loving sex poems to Jack Kerouac's hero-worship of Neal Cassady—and Kerouac's denial of having sex with men, despite erotic encounters with Ginsberg and Gore Vidal: "Posterity will laugh at me if it thinks I was queer."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573447461
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,143,982
  • File size: 396 KB

Meet the Author


Regina Marler writes for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, New York Observer, and The Advocate. The author of Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom and the editor of Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell, Marler has a terrific talent for writing literary biography and criticism for a general audience. She lives in San Francisco.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xv
I. The Road of Excess (Or, Saintly Sinners) 1
In Society 9
On Meeting Kinsey 11
"Nobler, I thought, to die a man than live on, a sex monster..." 15
Dead Drunk 21
Youth 25
"I don't mind being called queer..." 31
"Burroughs may be gay, but he's a man..." 33
"We owed it to literary history..." 35
"Norman wanted to know what had really happened..." 39
"Something strange has happened..." 41
"I sit naked in my room remembering..." 43
"It was a strange, nondescript kind of orgy..." 47
II. Male Muses (Or, Sex without Borders) 53
"Oh, I love, love, love women!" 63
"I'm on a spree tonight..." 65
"Love is not controllable..." 67
Bradley the Buyer 71
"Posterity will laugh at me..." 75
Love Poem on Theme by Whitman 77
Teacher--Your Body My Kabbalah 79
"Accept my soul with all its throbbings and sweetness..." 83
"If like me you renounce love and the world..." 87
Malest Cornifici Tuo Catullo 89
from Howl 91
"I find myself getting jealous of Kiki..." 95
The Newport News has arrived in Venice for a week's stay... 97
A. J.'s Annual Party 99
from Cut-ups: A Project for Disastrous Success 103
"I Met Jack Kerouac in 1958 for One Glorious Moment..." 107
A Poem for Cocksuckers 113
from Memoirs of a Bastard Angel 115
III. Queer Shoulder to the Wheel 117
Me & Allen 129
Peter Jerking Allen Off (First Sex Experiment) 131
Why Is God Love, Jack? 135
Sexual Conditioning 137
Sweet Boy, Gimme Yr Ass 141
Going to Massachusetts 143
Horns 155
from The Place of Dead Roads 159
Pages from Cold Point 161
Green Ballet 185
Hi Risque 187
On Neal's Ashes 191
"Sex as a biological weapon" 193
Rain-Wet Asphalt Heat, Garbage Curbed Cans Overflowing 195
Now France 197
"Drag up your soul to its proper bliss..." 199
"The gay state" 201
Permissions 203
About the Author 209
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