There shall be mostly silence around these parts the rest of the week. Blame end of fiscal year. Blame Excel's vlookup. Blame the too early in the summer 95 degree days. Blame the neck pain. Blame a Clinton.
Hopefully it won't be as bad as all that but just in case...
Here's a Tom Waits interview from 1976. In it he discusses some of his influences, including the Beats, and tries, in that uncertain way that only Tom Waits can "try", to explain why he doesn't necessarily consider himself a Beat.
First part of the interview can be found here.