Through Beatnik Eyeballs

Through Beatnik Eyeballs

Browsing through my Pinterest feed, I came across the image above with the catching tagline “with complete glossary for squares”! Feeling compelled to learn more I duly searched for “Through Beatnik Eyeballs” and discovered that this is a book cover.

First published in Great Britain in 1961. A serious book written about teenagers, by a teenager and in a language that has delighted teenagers in America and Britain. It is written mainly in Kookie-talk and for those “Squares from Squaresville” who may find difficulty in following the dialogue the author has included a glossary.

The web is awash with quotes from the book, including this nugget:

“I’ve driven in from birdland in my chariot after a dark four and I’m here in the frolic pad to lay some gut bucket on you loose gooses before I shake my reins and head for dreamsville.”

If you have a copy of the book, please quote more in the comments below!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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