01 June 2009

Beatnik Bot | Lawrence Lipton's Subversive Technology, 1965

Author Lawrence Lipton, chronicler of the beatnik scene, demonstrates his "robot," Duhab (detector of undesirable habitues). Lipton says the robot ferrets out the undesirables-including censors and book-burners. During the 1920s, he associated with Chicago writers Edgar Lee Masters, Sherwood Anderson,Harriet Monroe, Ben Hecht, and Carl Sandburg. His book, The Holy Barbarians (1959), linked Lipton to 1950s Beatnik writers. His son is Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton.