Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Are you gone? May I join?

page 1 of Beatnik questionaire

Last night I ran across this “Beatnik Questionnaire” on the Ransom Center’s website. According to the site, it was “Adapted from the "Beatnik Questionnaire" sent from Gerard Malanga to Daisy Aldan, 1960.” The questions are fairly humorous, and seem pretty tongue-in-cheek. Most are apparently designed to show if the respondent can understand beat slang. The whole thing goes on for four pages, including essay questions (“Write an original Beatnik poem in 20 lines”) and more outlandish requests (“Compose 8 bars for Bongo drums”).

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