Thanks for writing this Fargone. Your explanation makes sense -- the one issue I have with it is that it can really, seriously make somebody feel like shit when somebody they don't know insults their writing. Even if it's just done in "literary spirit" or whatever. Also, about all the beat/mystic stuff -- I have to say I am getting to really HATE the word "beat" and all it's connotations -- I really don't like all the negative baggage it brings with it, which I see more and more of in some of the reactions here. I just want people to be people. Beat is so overdone. What I mean to say is, maybe there isn't that much disagreement here on that point.
Anyway I hope you'll stick around and respond some more here.