Here we go again. Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.22. Something a little bohemian for you this week.
The Beat Generation was a group of writers (chiefly Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady) prominent in 1950s America who inspired and documented the Beat movement. The movement was characterised by heavy drug use, the rejection of traditional social standards, innovation of style, a rejection of materialism, and sexual experimentation. Several of the works arising from the movement were subject to obscenity trials that helped liberalise publishing in the United States.
The king of the beat generation, Jack Kerouac, was born on this day in 1922. Kerouac died aged 47 from internal bleeding caused by a lifetime of heavy-drinking exacerbated by an untreated hernia and a bar-brawl in which he had been involved. His most famous work, On the Road, is a roman à clef novel about his interactions and travels with the other Beat Generation writers. For the first draft of the novel Kerouac taped 120 feet of tracing paper into a scroll on which he could type without having to interrupt his flow.
Let’s celebrate all those who suffer for their art with this week’s photo prompt:
Judging this week’s contest is me!
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with BEAT and ending with GENERATION and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.