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  •  Never got caught, either (13+ / 0-)
    opened this country & the world to concepts like “hippies,” the introduction of eastern philosophy (including Buddhism) into American culture, ecological consciousness, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the “gay pride” movement, etc.

    Not to mention that you could take it to school and show your buddies where it says "who let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists and screamed with joy." Also the part about America was pretty cool ("go fuck yourself with your atom bomb").  

    •  "Go Fuck Yourself With Your Atom Bomb" (9+ / 0-)

      is in "America" - not "Howl," but the sentiment still holds true. :D

      To the GOBP re Role of Goverment, "If You Don't Value It, You Shouldn't be Trusted With It" - Rachel Maddow

      by CityLightsLover on Fri Feb 03, 2012 at 07:58:52 AM PST

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      •  Yeah, if you were a fifth-grade boy when that was (2+ / 0-)
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        published, you had some fine group poetry readings at recess.  The kids who sneaked copies of Playboy to school were totally eclipsed by "the tongue and cock and hand and asshole holy."  

        It was in general a fine period for being corrupted. You could go down to the corner drugstore and find Tropic of Cancer (Black Cat Books) and stand there with your buddies reading it  and giggling over it and making noise about it until some well-meaning citizen chased you out.

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