Archives For June 2010

Catch Up With Beatdom

While you wait for the launch of the new, why not take a look at our busy Facebook incarnations… We have a group and a page.

The group is almost at 500 members and is regularly used to provide links to pieces of Beat news. Continue Reading…

Quick Update

A short update about Beatdom’s seventh issue

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Dead Fingers Do Tell Tales

A review by Arthur S. Nusbaum:

William S. Burroughs’ Dead Fingers Talk combines texts from the Olympia Press editions of Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine The Ticket That Exploded, along with additional material, cut-up & folded-in to form a new work. Continue Reading…

Beat Tweets

A list of Beat Generation Twitter pages.

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Kerouac's Last Typewriter

If you have a spare $30,000 you might want to head over to Christie’s in New York, because on 22nd June they’re selling one of Jack Kerouac’s typewriters.

This was the last typewriter Kerouac ever owned, and was in his possession at the time of his death, in 1969. In January of that year Kerouac had the machine repaired after apparently dropping it.

If you don’t have the money for his typewriter, perhaps you might want to bid on what is perhaps a more evocative piece of Kerouacian history: his rucksack.

Kerouac was known as a great traveller, and has earned his place in American history as a sort of hobo – a man constantly “on the road.” In January 1961 – well after his famous road adventures – Kerouac visited New York City and purchased this bag.

It’s listed for sale at between $5,000-$7,000.


In order to keep on the pulse of the modern literary scene, Beatdom is venturing now into the field of books reviews. I have appointed Martin Flynn as Beatdom’s official book reviewer, and all communication regarding reviews should be conducted with him at reviews [at] beatdom [dot] com.

Books submitted for review need not be about the Beat Generation, although some preference will be given to those – which will be of specific interest to our readers. We’re accepting books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction… All submissions welcome.

The first reviews will appear in Beatdom #8.

Issue Seven Update

An update concerning issue seven and Beatdom business in general

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Flying Dog Beer

An interview with the makers of world’s most literary brews.

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There has always been a little confusing surrounding Beatdom’s purpose. We call ourselves a Beat Generation-themed literary journal, but we also publish poetry and short fiction from writers of today. We really are interested in tapping into the modern incarnation of “Beat,” even though we don’t really know whether or not “Beat” is still alive.

We do, however, like to think that the Beats wouldn’t sit around today looking at the past, no matter how many great writers and artists fill the history books. They would be actively writing history.

And so at Beatdom we try and keep literary history rolling forward. That means you’ll find the best poetry and short fiction in our pages. Some of the best writers in the world can now be found on the Beatdom roster.

But we don’t publish every great writer. Some of them have books with other companies. Some of them self-publish. Some of them do public readings.

These people need exposure, and they frequently come to Beatdom to ask for a review.  And so we’re proud to launch Beatdom Reviews – a section in each issue that will print reviews of today’s literature.

If you have a permanent address – somewhere publishers can send FREE books – and the time and dedication required to produce well written, insightful reviews, then please e-mail me at editor [at] beatdom [dot] com. Please include a sample review of less than 500 words – something that shows your style and tone.

If you have any books you want reviewed, please use that same e-mail address until our review is appointed.