In my mind I kind of liken therapy to prostitution, because basically if I wasn’t paying we wouldn’t be talking. Maybe for this reason I have as a rule that my therapist should be a female and pretty enough that it’s easy to talk to but not pretty enough to ever remote entertain feelings about. I have noticed though that as in life I say stuff that is on my mind and somehow in the process of sharing I drop jewels – very valuable thoughts that no one of course appreciates but me. So I thought I would share then with you, my faithful readers, in a series I’d like to call:
Bullshit I said to my therapist!
yeah…. I might as well have been a Beat. Im from NYC, I have a girl out West in Sunny California. I’m crashing in someone’s living room that never gets much light in the day-time, holding down a crap job temporarily and trying to right the next iconoclastic American novel, preparing a poetry collection that aside from 2-3 poems have been continually rejected by publishers. All I would need now is the gratuitous sex, drug induced parties and to pretend to enjoy both Buddhism and Richard Guerre movies so I can look more sophisticated as I wallow in the vapid psychological excrement of my life of Excess.
[2 minute silence]
So how have your mood’s been
eh the same, (looks out the window)… there are no clouds today
The Beat Generation
The Beat Generation was a group of American post-World War II writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Central elements of “Beat” culture included experimentation with drugs, alternative forms of sexuality, an interest in Eastern religion, a rejection of materialism, and the idealizing of exuberant, unexpurgated means of expression and being. Allen Ginsberg‘s Howl (1956), William S. Burroughs‘s Naked Lunch (1959) and Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road (1957) are among the best known examples of Beat literature. Both Howl and Naked Lunch were the focus of obscenity trials that ultimately helped to liberalize publishing in the United States. The members of the Beat Generation developed a reputation as new bohemian hedonists, who celebrated non-conformity and spontaneous creativity. The original “Beat Generation” writers met in New York. Later, in the mid-1950s, the central figures (with the exception of Burroughs) ended up together in San Francisco where they met and became friends with figures associated with the San Francisco Renaissance.
Famous Beat Generation Quotes
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
William S. Burroughs