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Kill Your Darlings: A Startling Take on the Beats

Has a new generation grown skeptical of the Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs mythology?

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Andrew Klavan

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December 2, 2013 - 3:08 pm
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Man, I’m Beat!

I watched this film over the Thanksgiving weekend and the more I think about it, the more I think its approach to its subject is kind of remarkable.

Kill Your Darlings is based on the true story of a murder that took place at the inception of the Beat literary movement. It stars former Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as the poet Allen Ginsberg and details how, as a student at Columbia University, Ginsberg came under the sway of his charismatic fellow student Lucien Carr, played by Dane DeHaan. With William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), the group conceived the idea of the New Vision, which ultimately produced Ginsberg’s famous neo-Whitmanesque poem Howl, Burroughs’ Naked Lunch and Kerouac’s On The Road.

But before all that happened, Carr stabbed then drowned his sometime lover David Kammerer (played by Dexter’s excellent Michael Hall), claiming Kammerer had attempted to sexually assault him. Because of a law that gave special dispensation to straight men under attack by homosexuals, Carr got off with a light sentence and went on to a long career with United Press International. I will refrain from making any comments about the kind of people who go into mainstream journalism. The facts speak for themselves — or would, if there weren’t mainstream journalists to cover them up!

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Interesting. So gays can be just like other people.
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Deadbeats,
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Jack Kerouac served in the Merchant Marine in 1942-43 then joined the Navy which kicked him out after eight days because they thought he was nuts.

Kerouac was a Catholic anti-communist, hippie-hating Republican.

Maybe that's why they are picking on him.
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