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Beatdom Growth

Firstly, I would like to say “Merry Christmas!” (or Happy Holidays) to our readers and to those of you who’ve just stumbled upon the website. Beatdom is neither Christian or Jew or Muslim or Buddhist or whatever. But we love Christmas. We are capitalist swine and we love gifts and food.

I would like to also take this chance to say “Thank you!” (the capitalization and exclamation point are necessary) for visiting and for reading the magazine. These past few months have seen tremendous growth across all of our online endeavours, as well as in sales. The new website seems very popular, and as we iron out all the little bugs we appreciate the links from other sites that seem to be popping up across the web.

Lastly, I’d like to make a few announcements about the long awaited (yup, it’s been around six months) eighth issue of Beatdom. This will be the sex issue. Submissions are now closed and you can expect to see a few more notices popping up over the coming weeks about developments in editing and whatnot. For the moment, we have a list of tentative inclusions that we’d like to share:

We have essays on: Bob Dylan as a romantic

Jack Kerouac and sex

Gary Snyder, Diane di Prima and the male/female poetic divide

Female Beat writers and the second-wave feminist movement

Elise Cowen

Allen Ginsberg’s sexuality

Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski and waitresses



An oral biography of Gregory Corso

An interview with Carolyn Cassady

And here’s a sneak peak at the cover…

Merry Christmas from William S. Burroughs

It was Christmas Day and Danny the Car Wiper hit the street junksick and broke after seventy-two hours in the precinct jail. It was a clear bright day, but there was warmth in the sun. Danny shivered with an inner cold. He turned up the collar of his worn, greasy black overcoat.

This beat benny wouldn’t pawn for a deuce, he thought.

The Beat Generation has its own twisted take on the sentimental Christmas movie in Nick Donkin’s claymation rendering of “The Junky’s Christmas.” Originally a story in William S. Burroughs’ Interzone, the tale of Danny the Car Wiper’s search for a Christmas fix has become a favourite among fans of the Beats.

Beginning with the traditional author-by-the-fire image, the short film slips quickly into claymation and follows the story of our hero, Danny, as he tries to scrape together the cash for some holiday smack. The movie has an odd take on kindness and giving, and includes perhaps the first “immaculate fix.”

At the end of the movie we are presented with footage of Burroughs at home in Lawrence, Kansas, with his friends. He is carving a turkey on Christmas day, bringing an odd feel-good moment to an odd feel-good short film.

Take a look for yourselves…

Merry Christmas, Doctor Thompson

Christmas is coming and if you’re looking for the perfect literary gift for a loved one, try the special Hunter S. Thompson box set – containing all four of Wayne Ewing’s fantastic HST movies.

To whet your appetite take a look at Wayne’s most recent blog post on the subject of Hunter and Christmas… Including a familiar video of an act of xmas arson.


And here’s a little gift from Beatdom: a couple of HST Christmas quotes that we dug out for you.

“Anybody who acted happy on Christmas was lying — even the ones were getting paid $500 an hour….The Jews were especially sulky, and who could blame them? The birthday of Baby Jesus is always a nervous time for people who know that ninety days later they will be accused of murdering him.”

It is all well and good for children and acid freaks to still believe in Santa Claus — but it is still a profoundly morbid day for us working professionals. It is unsettling to know that one out of every twenty people you meet on Xmas will be dead this time next year… Some people can accept this, and some can’t. That is why God made whiskey, and also why Wild Turkey comes in $300 shaped canisters during most of the Christmas season.”

“Fear and Loathing in Elko” Rolling Stone (199201-23)

Remember Remember the 8th of December…

Let’s not forget, folks, that today is the anniversary of the death of John Lennon, one of the greatest song writers of the 20th century. Lennon will be forever remembered for his music and his peace-loving spirit. Beat fans will also be aware of his connection to the Beat Generation, and in particular Allen Ginsberg. If not, take a look at this essay from Beatdom’s music issue.

Another musical genius whose life was cruelly take on the 8th of December was Dimebag Darrell, the guitarist for Pantera. Pantera’s music fueled the editing process for Beatdom’s first issue. He was shot dead on stage in 2004.

December 8th also marks the anniversary of the birth of Jim Morrison, one of the Beatest, hippest poets of the last half century.

Kerouac Translated into Persian

According to the Iran Book News Agency, Jack Kerouac’s Book of Haikus is being translated into Persian by poet Alireza Abiz.

In the article, Abiz explains a little about Kerouac’s approach to the traditional Japanese form of poetry. “Some of Kerouac’s innovations regard the language. The language of his haikus is simple and close to prose. Also, there is particular emphasis upon seasons in Japanese haikus whereas this element is totally removed from Kerouac’s works.”

The book – for those of you who speak Persian or happen to live in Iran – will be published by Ahang-e Digar Publications.

Happy Thanksgiving

from William S. Burroughs…

Congratulations, Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s book, Just Kids, has just won a National Book Award for non-fiction.

In issue seven of Beatdom (the “music” issue) Michael Hendrick wrote about Patti Smith. In the coming days that article will be added to our archives. You can still buy or download issue seven through our store.

Here’s Patti from her book:

Yony Leyser Interview

Many of you will already be aware of the existence of William Burroughs: A Man Within. It has been touring the film festival circuit this year, and is receiving rave reviews.

Its director, Yony Leyser, was recently interviewed by my favourite website, The Nervous Breakdown.

Take a look: