Archives For 2010

Beatdom Books

A first look at the artwork for Kyle’s forthcoming book, The sickness which started him typing…

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Banned Books Week & the Beats

A look at this year’s Banned Books Week and its relation to the Beat Generation.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tribute

On October 2nd, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his Beat bookstore and publisher, City Lights, will receive Litquake’s 2010 Barbary Award at Herbst Theater.

The celebration will be attended by Tom Waits,  Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Winona Ryder, Michael McClure and Eric Drooker. Continue Reading…

First Thought, Best Thought?

A discussion of the importance of editing.

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Howl is Here

A collection of Howl reviews

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Jeff Nuttall: British Beat

A look at Jeff Nuttall, author of “Pig” and a sort of British Beat.

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5 Tips from the Beats on how to Write Better

Guest post by Ardin Lalui, a writer inspired by Tom Waits and Cormac McCarthy.

While the beats have gained a reputation for spontaneous, free-flowing, unedited writing, the truth is that usually, good writing takes time and practice. The best beat writers were well aware of this. Here are 5 of their tips on how good writing happens: Continue Reading…

Substance Use

A discussion about the use of drink and drugs in literature.

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Ah Pook is Here: Graphic Novel

Following on the heels of Eric Drooker and Allen Ginsberg’s  Howl and Illuminated Poems, is William S. Burroughs’ foray into the world of the graphic novel is set to be made public by Fantagraphics Books. It should be released in the summer of 2011.

In the 1970s, before the term “graphic novel” was coined, Burroughs and artist Malcolm McNeill collaborated on Ah Pook is Here. Continue Reading…

The Beat Generation, Gonzo Journalism, and Crap Writing

A discussion of the impact of the Beat Generation and Gonzo Journalism on poor writing.

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