A copy of The Beat Handbook sits on the shelf at The Higher Grounds in Hallowell, Maine, waiting for customers to write in it. Here's a picture of me in front of the book, displayed beautifully courtesy of Crystal's eye for such things.
Yes, that's a picture of Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg that has been at the HG for as long as I've been going there. Yes, that's my banjo hanging there - the NitPickers had just finished playing). Yes, that's a copy of The Dharma Bums and On The Road next to my book.
So what are you waiting for? Get on down to The Higher Grounds and do some beat writing in The Beat Handbook!