Reporting: Eccentric View

Working hard to enhance its reputation for publishing the unexpected, Esquire was not inclined to entrust its convention coverage to conventional reporters. The magazine may never again be able to field as odd a team of reporters as the threesome it sent to Chicago: Novelist William Burroughs, French Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet, and Satirist Terry Southern. They were joined on arrival by Poet Allen Ginsberg, who was in town to observe.

Almost instinctively, the four began their work with a pilgrimage to the hippie encampment in Lincoln Park. It was mutual love at first sight. Hippies fondled Ginsberg's black...

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