Don't let that horse
eat that violincried Chagall's mother
I thought, back in the '50s when it was hot and everybody was reading it in some college English class, I didn't get Jack Kerouac's book "On The Road" because I was too square. I've just finished listening to an audiobook version and I'm still too square. Or maybe it's just not that great a book.
If you want "beat," read Ginsberg. Or Ferlinghetti, better yet.
Is my opinion, and I'm sticking to it.