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  • The stockings gave her a beatnik look, she hoped.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The girls at university, in their cashmere and pearls, make jokes about arty beatniks and talk to me less.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • I show her photos of the commune I had joined briefly in Copenhagen, living alongside ripped-T-shirt-and-beanie-hat-wearing Danish beatniks who had built a self-governing community on a former military base.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Be Buddhist or a beatnik?
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter

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  • There were rumblings from the beatniks and early hippies at this time about "the system" and the square intellectualism that supported it, but hardly anyone guessed how deeply the whole edifice would be brought into doubt.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The so-called beatniks were the first to use weird as a term of approbation.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In the beatnik canon it was America’s sickness that had produced the bomb.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • She’s a lady down the block who used to hang out in Greenwich Village with the beatniks.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Oh, we talked beatnik jive and dug cool sounds in stereo and disagreed with Playboy’s poll of jazz musicians just as earnestly as if it mattered.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • At each stoplight, his gaze would light on someone — a brooding beatnik, a determined shopper — and he would have to fight down an urge to shout that he saw them.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American

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  • And long-toothed beatniks in their cups hone for the rituals of right and wrong their bourgeois fathers taught.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A return to natural fabrics—made from the same materials with which our ancient ancestors wove their loincloths—in the seventies brought fashion full circle, when hippies revealed other uses for hemp than those popularized by the beatniks of the decade before…although the most popular use for it is still very much in style on college campuses.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • They called it Beatnik Bell.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • We read Salinger and Kerouac and used language that shocked our parents and dressed (sometimes) in beatnik fashion.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Not beatniks.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Is the sexual revolution you read about—all those West Coast surfers and beatniks and Berkeley students, fornicating fourteen-year-olds in Los Angeles—or in Syracuse, if we dare tell the truth, and in Johnson’s Forks, Missouri, and Batavia, New York—is the sexual revolution a step in the right direction or madness?
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • There was a beatnik element in the audience, several postbeats in old checked lumberjackets vintage 1950, men with a kind of distance in their gazes but still alert to signs of marvels astir in the universe, and a woman in a patchwork shirt with a baby in a pouch, probably the first and last infant at one of Lenny’s shows but this was San Francisco in the week that was.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Clichés and stereotypes such as "beatnik" or "hippie" have been invented for the antitechnologists, the antisystem people, and will continue to be.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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