Beatnik Questionaire

Where do you live: Squaresville or Beatnik Boro? Sunnyville or Crazyville?

Visit On the Road with the Beats to learn about the distinction between “Beat” and “Beatnik” and the origin of the term “beatnik.” Within the exhibition, you can see an original “Beatnik Questionnaire” sent from Gerard Malanga to Daisy Aldan, with Aldan’s answers, 1960, from Gerard Malanga Papers.

A young Gerard Malanga (b. 1943) sent the questionnaire to his mentor, poet and publisher Daisy Aldan, probably not long after she published the works of several Beat writers in her anthology A New Folder (1960). Malanga was soon to become an important member of Andy Warhol’s circle and was a cofounder of Interview magazine.

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

I found this link looking through the New York Times blog, PaperCuts. I used to work at the Ransom Center as a weekend security guard, in the early 1980s. My main job was to try to keep the kids from stepping on the feet of the blue George Segal sculpture. (It looked like this one, but blue.)

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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