Beat girl migrates to Venice
Howard K. Smith did a news report on “the Beat revolution” in 1960. Smith intended to be even-handed, although today his commentary and questions (in interviews) will strike us as amazingly condescending. These poor deluded children. Charming, but oh how misguided. My favorite moment in the report is a 56-second segment from what must have been a longer, perhaps much longer discussion with a teenaged girl — who had fled her square suburban parents and had migrated to Venice, CA. Listen to her. I’m entranced by her utterly sincere critique of American conformity, in the high sweet tone that anticipates the classic flower child of seven or eight years later.