Andrew asked about books set in the beatnik scene. I wrote the
following back in February:
Dennis Lynds set a book in the beat scene, Uptown Downtown (1963): "By
day he was a ruthless executive, by night a free-wheeling beatnik. He
had the best of both worlds . . . and the perfect woman in each." When
he was our guest, Lynds mentioned this was based on his own time in the
I also have a PI book I've never read, I Like it Cool (1960), by Michael
Lawrence: "Johnny Amsterdam--eye with a beard--squares off with the
world of the beatniks"
I'd like add Lloyd Llewellyn, a retro PI comic by Daniel Clowes.
Although that's probably more hipster than beatnik. Johnny Staccato and
Peter Gunn were also hip enough to hang out in jazz clubs.
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