book club: the illustrated beats

kerouac and cartoons - can it get any better?

by faran krentcil

In a way, it makes perfect sense to turn The Beat Generation into a gritty comic strip - the writers, artists, and musicians had the kind of grimy downtown aesthetic that transforms well into black-and-white.

And though the new comic book "The Beats: A Graphic HIstory" isn't exactly groundbreaking (Publisher's Weekly called it "Cliff Notes for Kerouac"), it's damn fun to see Alan Ginsburg, Bob Dylan, and Diane DiPrima transformed into chattering little drawings.

Plus, now that On The Road is becoming a movie - with Kristen Stewart in the cast, no less - it might be the perfect time to brush up on your Howl!

$18 at Amazon.com