a bit more on the Beats
There is more to it, to this hedonistic way of approaching the world. It leads to self-destruction. Here is Kerouac- brilliant but in a real sense naive. Cassady was also brilliant, also naive, but also probably had some sort of personality disorder- at least that is what the psychiatrists would say. The others were also hedonistic "fringe" types, made popular by upper middle class "socialites" who, without such a kick, would soon become bored. Kerouac ultimately rejected this lifestyle, but it was too late. The seeds of his alcoholism and disillusionment had already been sown. He went too far along that crazy road and could not find his way back. Sad.