The hipster wisdom about America in the 1950s holds that the entire war-weary nation was at political and spiritual rest, straitjacketed by conformity and loath to utter a peep of protest, not even when Joe McCarthy went hunting for communists from the bowels of Hollywood to the feed stores of Iowa. The only voices in the wilderness worth heeding, this worldview holds, belonged to beat writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. In this... More >>>