A collection of recollections, poems, interviews and letters by and about a handful of the most memorable of the Beat Generation, culled by the authors from previously published works in their periodicals devoted to Beat writing. The Knights believe that the Beats have ""given us the only serious literary movement indigenous to this country."" Their retrospective ""seems particularly timely in 1986,"" they say, ""because the complacency and the totalitarian atmosphere that characterized much of the 1950's is again with us."" Only those who feel the same way about the Beats will find this volume worth reading all the way through. There are a few interesting interviews and recollections for the novice--Carolyn Cassady's ""Life with Jack and Neal"" is the best--but it is primarily the Beats and their associates talking about themselves. And they are not always that articulate--especially Kerouac who apparently wrote while drinking). We get his letters to Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady that reveal the man's pain and self-loathing, and Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) remembering the politics of struggles of his early days. Other major players included in the volume are William Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Dianne Di Prima. For faith-keepers only.