To see the difference in vision one need only compare the view of the future as presented in popular culture. The futurism of the mid 20th Century was filled with visions of beautifully designed buildings, exciting and/or luxurious transportation, interplanetary exploration and settlement, etc. From the late 20th Century to today the future is portrayed quite differently. Post-Apocalyptic visions of societal collapse, roving gangs, the dominance of artificially-intelligent entities, etc. Whereas the people of the mid 20th Century looked to the future with hopeful expectations, the people of today look forward with a creeping sense of fear.
"I had to be successful, and I had to be successful early,'' Mr. Capote said in 1978. ''The thing about people like me is that we always knew what we were going to do. Many people spend half their lives not knowing. But I was a very special person, and I had to have a very special life. I was not meant to work in an office or something, though I would have been successful at whatever I did. But I always knew that I wanted to be a writer and that I wanted to be rich and famous.'' Success, both as a writer and as a celebrity, came early, when he was 23 years old and published his first novel, ''Other Voices, Other Rooms.'' It was a critical and financial success, and so were most of the volumes of short stories, reportage and novellas that followed, including ''Breakfast at Tiffany's,'' ''The Muses Are Heard,'' ''The Grass Harp,'' ''Local Color,'' ''The Dogs Bark'' and ''Music for Chameleons.''
Also in San Francisco, Ginsberg met members of the San Francisco Renaissance (James Broughton, Robert Duncan, Madeline Gleason and Kenneth Rexroth) and other poets who would later be associated with the Beat Generation in a broader sense. Ginsberg's mentor William Carlos Williams wrote an introductory letter to San Francisco Renaissance figurehead Kenneth Rexroth , who then introduced Ginsberg into the San Francisco poetry scene. There, Ginsberg also met three budding poets and Zen enthusiasts who had become friends at Reed College : Gary Snyder , Philip Whalen , and Lew Welch . In 1959, along with poets John Kelly, Bob Kaufman , A. D. Winans , and William Margolis, Ginsberg was one of the founders of the Beatitude poetry magazine.