Sensitive souls who need a kick in the ass
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Observation as a bookseller.
Many of the same kids who look to Hesse, Rand and Kerouac for the meaning of life buy Rimbaud or Flowers of Evil because they hope to find a mirror for their own murky youthful angst, sense of rebellion. Since I turned to Nietzsche and H.L. Mencken I find their self-involved self-pity distasteful.