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 Beatdom.com 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
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…