Back to topic:
as far as I remember, I found Neeli's thought about this BEAT-issue in 'HANK' very well placed. He, more or less, says, that one major difference is, that the Beats were a community, celebrating their community/companion-ship; while Hank was the ultimate loner, always being aware of communities, groups, etc.
Oh self respect. Why must you stand so far away from me?:(
Back to topic: I suppose it's easy for some to forget Buk was the ultimate loner. Because he was known for throwing all-night parties. But then, he was also known for throwing everybody out once he was fed up with them.