Lucien Carr's New Vision

Lucien Carr's New Vision

A new perception of the literary world.

Those who know me well will attest to my obsession with a niche group of writers and artists, active mostly during the 1950s, known as the Beat Generation. What I find most fascinating about this group of extraordinary writers is not just their work, but the vision behind it. This vision came not from one of the creators of Beat literature, but from a friend and associate named Lucien Carr. Carr was a core member of the original Beat authors who met at Columbia University in New York, alongside famous names such as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs. Though he never directly contributed to the literature of the movement, he pushed the genius around him into fertility with his New Vision. At Columbia, he studied the practices and forms of Parisian Bohemianism and Emersonian transcendentalism and created the following series of affirmations that fueled the Beat revolution:

1. Naked self-expression is the seed of creation.

2.The artist’s consciousness is expanded by the derangement of the senses.

3. Art eludes conventional morality.

These are all taken with the transcendentalist idea that humans are good by nature, which opens the artist to new experiences without the fear of serious, permanent harm to themselves. Together, these statements form Lucien Carr’s New Vision.

One of the best pieces of advice a budding writer or artist can heed is to “create everything." I interpret the first affirmation of the New Vision, “naked self-expression is the see of creation,” to mean the same thing. Naked self-expression is the rawest form of art. Say, for example, you wish to cook a hamburger for dinner. First, you need the raw ground beef. This is the naked self-expression of the meat, unadulterated and unaltered. From there, the cook, the artist, is free to season and refine the raw material to improve it. In the end, the burger that the cook seasoned will taste better than a lump of ground beef thrown onto the griddle untouched. However, the burger would be nothing without the raw base. Through naked self-expression, we introduce a large body of raw material that we can refine into something greater.

I cannot publicly condone the use of drugs as writing assistants. I can, however, say that many artists throughout the course of history have used substances as a lubricant for their creative pathways. Personally, I find that a glass or two of wine and some fast-paced jazz will get my writing flowing. The Beats took a lot of various substances. William Burroughs spent a significant portion of his life addicted to heroin. Jack Kerouac was a severe alcoholic. Allen Ginsberg was known to experiment with psychedelics such as LSD or DMT. All of them were frequently strung out on Benzedrine, an over-the-counter amphetamine that has since been removed from the market. In deranging their senses, the Beats sought to explore and create on a different plane of perception than the stuffy, academic world that suffocated the early members of the movement at Columbia.

In saying that “art eludes conventional morality,” I am not saying that you must commit atrocities for your art, or that you can justify an atrocity by calling it art. The final statement of the New Vision is a liberation from censorship, from commonality, and from the judgement of the general public. It invites the artist to explore the taboo. For Allen Ginsberg in particular, this opened the path to discussing the problems he faced as a homosexual man in mid-century America and to fighting the censorship of his most well-known poem, Howl. For me, it encourages me to confront the issues that arise as a bisexual man who was raised in the Catholic school system. Morality is relative to what was instilled in us as children. Homosexuality cannot be practiced under the law of the Church.

With the New Vision in mind, the artist can be set free from tradition and expand their mind and work to create something new and unique. It opens the artist to experimentation and failure. I struggle with both of these as I was raised to believe that failure is unacceptable, whether with grades or social situations or sports. It wasn’t until around when I first started writing consistently during my senior year of high school that I began to work on this, to view failure not as a defeat but as a chance to retry and experiment and learn. Lucien Carr’s New Vision is an essential part of my development as a writer.

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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right

In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" ""

31. "Sleep? I don't know about's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"

35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?

39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"

I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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Hermione Granger Is The Most Iconic Female Charcter In Literature History, That's Fact Not Magic

9 reasons why she is one witch not to test with.

Hermione Granger was my role model as a little girl; she still is today. Like all the rest of the Harry Potter characters, Hermione Granger warmed our hearts with her courageousness and made us fall in love with her the first moment we met her. She's sweet, smart, funny, and loyal. But, she also proved time and time again that she was a complete badass ( sorry for my language); making her the most iconic female character in children's books. Here are a few reasons why:

1. She literally is the ' brightest-witch-of-her-age '

Hermione was the most intelligent witch in her year by far- not that it is uncommon knowledge. I mean, she cast a spell even before she set foot on the Hogwarts grounds. All throughout the series, she is described as always having her hand in the air. She often gets picked on because she is so eager, but she takes it all in stride.

During the war, Harry and Ron wouldn't have survived without her. She was always prepared for any scenario with her trusty undetectable extension charm on a handbag. But what is unique about her is that she mastered wandless and wordless magic by the time she was seventeen; a skill that many witches and wizards can never do.

Plus, she's a freaking muggle-born and the top of her class!

2. She is very witty and snarky

Who can forget the quote, " I'm going to bed before either one of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed- or worse expelled,"? It is one of the most famous quotes and she has many more. She has often snapped at Ron or Harry, she even insults them from time to time.

Another memorable quote is when she snaps at Ron saying, " Just because you got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all do."

3. She punched Draco Malfoy in third-year

Now I'm a loyal Slytherin, but I can't even argue that Hermione was the epitome of brilliance when she punched Draco Malfoy in the face.

Draco was the standard bully that she usually threw witty insults back to, but she had never actually engaged in anything serious, until this point.

After drawing her wand on him, and turning away, she whips around punching him in the face, which broke his nose. Now, any Harry Potter fan knows that the mere reality of what she had done was unbelievable. Draco is a pure-blood wizard that hates her kind, thinking that they are a bug under his shoe in dire need of being squashed, but then she goes and punches him. It's unbelievable.

And I mean, she even broke his nose!

4. She is not afraid to say " Voldemort "

Everyone is afraid to say his name, well, everyone but Harry and Hermione. Even Dumbledore called him Tom!

There's not much to say other than her famous quote, " Fear of a name only increases fear itself."

5. She trapped Rita Skeeter in a Jar

We all hate Rita Skeeter. She was the woman who made Hermione out as some sort of tramp and Harry a heartless misfit. She always had information that didn't seem possible due to the fact she wasn't there, but Hermione, being the brilliant witch she is, discovers Rita is an illegal animagus (A person who can shift into an animal voluntarily).

Rita ruined peoples lives by transforming into a ladybug and spying on her intended target. So, what does Hermione do? She traps Rita in a jar!

She literally traps this woman in a jar until she promises to tell the truth from now on. She even threatens her forward, proving that she can scare adults!

6. She erases her parent's minds to where they don't know they had a daughter

War is a dangerous subject. Especially to muggles who have a prominent witch as a daughter. So, Hermione obliviates her parents, swiftly making them forget they ever had a daughter.

The reason this was such a huge thing is that she loved her parents dearly, and it took so much of her to do this, but she knew that in order to keep them safe from Voldemort and his Death Eaters, she would have to sacrifice losing them. So with the flick of her wand, she erases their mind and sends them to Australia. Then goes and fights a war!

She showed so much strength in this action that it is barely relatable to how many emotions had to be running through her.

7. She survives being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange

Bellatrix Lestrange is the notorious death eater that is known to be cruel and untameable. Being Voldemort's most loyal follower, she will literally kill anybody. But, her favorite thing to do is torture someone with the cruciatus curse until their brain turns to mush. She also has a cursed dagger that she uses to carve demeaning names into her victims. No level of healing spells will heal the scars either.

So, Hermione gets tortured with this knife and the cruciatus curse, but she survives unlike many. She is a warrior at this moment, even though she supposedly has ' inferior ' blood.

8. Her biggest fear is failing

Nevermind that she was in a war, her biggest fear is failing! Hermione truly is something different.

Her fear stemmed from coming into a world she had no idea about, automatically being told she didn't belong there. So, she started to study every bit of material she could BEFORE even getting onto the Hogwarts Express!

There's a chapter in the third book where Professor Lupin, their Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher had them face a boggart ( a creature that takes the form of their fears ) and Hermione's was McGonagall telling her she failed all her tests.

But, the fact that it's failing and not dying is just extraordinary.

9. She married her best friend who she used to bicker with all the time

Ron Weasely and Hermione Granger weren't always soulmates. The two absolutely hated each other. Ron often called Hermione names and Hermione often insulted his intellect. But, around the third year, the hate turned into something else, and so began the awkward feelings stage.

Throw in a war, setting attacking birds on him, sabotage, and many tears, you have Ronmione.

Hermione Granger is literally the most iconic female character in a book series. She taught girls that you don't have to be pretty to be successful; you don't even have to be smart. All you have to do is stay true to yourself.

Plus, she has a killer right hook.

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