Archives For November 2010

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:

Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut

Today would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday. He was born November 11th, 1922, and died April 11th, 2007. He’s famous for novels like Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle.

Although no one would claim he was a Beat, he was a great writer whose work remains popular with many of Beatdom’s readers. I hope you all take a few minutes today to think about his life and work.

On the Bro’d

If you haven’t already seen it, take a look at On the Bro’d – Jack Kerouac’s classic novel “retold for bros.” It’s very amusing.

It begins:

“I first met Dean not long after Tryscha and I hooked up. I had just gotten over a wicked fucking hangover that I won’t bother to talk about, except that it had something to do with a six-foot-five douchebag and a beer bong.”


*Update: It’s now been published.

The New Beatdom Dot Com

Apologies for the inconvenience, but Beatdom is currently undergoing a big facelift. We’re moving all our files to WordPress and so for the next few days the website will probably look a bit shit.