Finding Ferlinghetti

Dateline Sept. 15

 

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Charles Gatewood (1942-1916)

The world lost one of its great photographers today as Charles Gatewood passed away. His photos documented a rapidly changing world over more than fifty years, as he worked with people like Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and William S. Burroughs. Continue Reading…

Coming Soon: Beatdom #17

Next month, Beatdom #17 will be released in time to celebrate our 9th anniversary. We are currently busy putting the finishing touches on this issue, but can confirm the finalized table of contents. Here they are:  Continue Reading…

Beatdom #1 Now on Kindle

Beatdom was founded back in 2007 and released as a large, glossy magazine. We had a ebook version that did the rounds, too. By the time we were on Kindle, we’d shifted from big glossy books (which cost a small fortune) and were running smaller, black-and-white journals. That’s the Beatdom you know (and love) today. We’ve been black-and-white since about 2010.  Continue Reading…

The Complicated Politics of the Beat Triumvirate

There is much about the Beat Generation that is shrouded in confusion. Oftentimes it stems from wishful thinking on the part of Beat scholars and readers, and sometimes it emerges from the haze between the myths the Beats themselves created and their own reality. Partly, though, the confusion arises from the simple fact that the politics of the three best-known Beat Generation authors was in fact rather complicated, and no amount of simplification can detract from that fact. Allen Ginsberg was the face of the left for much of the late twentieth century, but was he was also critical of much of the left. Jack Kerouac was the hero of the left in the sixties, yet his personal politics then veered hard right. And William S. Burroughs… Well, his ideas concerning politics involve space travel, engrams, and word viruses. Continue Reading…

Exploring Shadows in the Work of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Baraka

In his new book, Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture, Dr. Erik Mortenson looks at the “paradox” of mid-twentieth century life in the United States, where there were unprecedented levels of comfort for many citizens, and yet the impending threat of nuclear holocaust. Continue Reading…

“April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa”

“April Fool Birthday Poem for Grandpa”, by Diane di Prima

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Beatdom’s 48 Hour Spring Sale

To celebrate spring, we’re have a flash sale that will last for the next 48 hours. Buy a copy of Eliot Katz’s The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg and get any other Beatdom title for free. Choose from the following recent releases and more: Continue Reading…

John Clellon Holmes’ Existentialist Dilemma

In her essay, “John Clellon Holmes and Existentialism,” Ann Charters leaves the reader with a question: To the degree that Holmes’ thought was influenced by existentialism, was he closer to the position of Sartre or Kierkegaard? Continue Reading…