Archives For September 2010

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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Issue Eight Update

Thanks to everyone who’s thus far contributed to Beatdom’s eighth issue. I know it’s a long time coming, but be patient – it’ll be here in January, and it’ll be better than ever.

The theme of this issue, as you know, if SEX. Continue Reading…

Jeff Nuttall: British Beat

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

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Jack Kerouac Literary Festival

If you’re anywhere near Lowell next weekend, you might want to swing by the Jack Kerouac Festival – an annual celebration of the life and literature of Kerouac. Organised by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Inc., this is the 25th annual festival and is held from September 30th-October 3rd. One of this year’s highlights will be a performance by David Amram.

There’s more about it on the LCK! website here.

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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