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Rebels of Dharma Bums, Takin' it to the Streets and New American Poetry You don't need a destination to conduct away. All you need to understand is what it is that you are leaving behind. In the 1960's, young women and men in the United States, particularly on the west coast, created a mad dash away from nearly two decades of American tradition. They ran to so many unique places that it would not be possible to generalize about their aims and characteristics. What they had in common was that the conducting itself. America was drowning in materialism. In "A Coney Island of the Mind," Lawrence Ferlinghetti recognized the land of the free and the home of the brave as "a real world continent dotted with bland billboards demonstrating imbecile illusions of pleasure" (New American Poetry, ed. Allen, p131). John Sinclair criticized a country that had "Eighty-seven distinct brands of toothpaste" and "Countless junky automobiles" (Takin' it to the Streets, ed. Bloom, p303). After the novelty of automobiles and other products wore off, some Americans began to believe that the emphasis of manufacturing was changing the character of the nation. Economic wealth had gone to America's head, and in the struggle to get profit idealism had been left behind. Kafka is quoted by Richard Brautigan in his book Trout Fishing in America as having said that "I enjoy the Americans because they are optimistic and healthy." (Takin' it to the Streets, p280) Even the newest production of Americans, but was nowhere near optimistic concerning the future of their nation. They found the land of the free and the home of the brave glimpse to a manufacturing line of tv sets and vinyl gizmos. The lack of individuality was what many feared. In.