The favorite places of the beat generation, in the CDMX

Monday, April 08 01.23 GMT


The favorite places of the beat generation, in the CDMX


Living in Colonia Roma, visiting the Lake of Chapultepec or having a beer in the Tío Pepe Cantina, was the day to day of the beat generation.

Yes, those places hispter that we visited, were the inspiration spaces of the beat generation.

But who made up the beat generation ?: Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Gregory Corso.

They were a small group of American writers who came to Mexico in the 1950s.

William Burroughs, the true hipster

For example, William Burroughs visits the Cantina del Tío Pepe. There are even versions that claim that he mentions her in his novel Junkie.

In addition, when Jack Kerouac and Neil Cassady visited Burroughs at his home in Rome, Kerouac was inspired by the street to call his poem: Closed of Medellín Blues.

As if that were not enough, the beat generation loved to have a good time. They had fun at Lake Chapultepec. Here, Kerouac proposed to Borroughs the name of his novel Naked Lunch.

The tragédias and victories

They also had intellectual and philosophical moments. In the Plaza Luis Cabrera, They spent long hours talking, laughing and smoking.

But the beat generation also had tragedies. In the Calle Monterrey 122, Burroughs murdered his wife Joan by mistake while playing and drinking alcohol.

The beat generation revolutionized the way of reading literature. In addition, he gave us creative freedom in the classrooms.
As if that were not enough, the beat generation made us see urban beauty.

And although as Héctor Bialostozky, in his article for LOCAL MX, "the story has already been told a thousand times."

It is enough to walk through the corners of the CDMX to remember that beat generation, full of revolution and charm.

"Fall in love with your life"

Kerouac