Ginsberg’s Gay Marriage
Jun27

Ginsberg’s Gay Marriage

We at Beatdom would like to congratulate the people of the United States on an event of monumental importance. Today, the Supreme Court voted to make same-sex marriage a right across all states. It is truly a time for celebration. The Beat Generation was, of course, a movement concerned with love and acceptance, and as such I’m sure our readers will be delighted at this news. Many of  you will know that Allen Ginsberg, who...

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Beatdom Turns 8
May25

Beatdom Turns 8

It was about eight years ago that I founded Beatdom magazine. I don’t remember the exact date and I didn’t keep a journal back then, but a while ago I was able to trace the date down to about mid-to-late-May of 2007, and so every year at this time we celebrate our birthday. Back then I was just about to graduate from university and I realized that the job market was pretty dire for people with an MA in Literature and no other real...

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At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico
Apr27

At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico

In 2013 I was asked to review a book called The Stray Bullet, about William S. Burroughs’ years in Mexico. I described it as “unreadable,” which made it rather surprising when, a year and a half later, the publishers asked me to review another book by the same author and translator – Jorge Garcia-Robles and Daniel C. Schechter – called At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico. Garcia-Robles styles himself as the “leading...

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Olmsted at City Lights
Mar28

Olmsted at City Lights

Marc Olmsted, whose memoir, Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg, was published through Beatdom Books in 2014, will be reading at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco next Sunday. See the City Lights website for more...

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E-mail Problems
Mar11

E-mail Problems

2015 has been a difficult year for Beatdom. It began with our website being taken offline, and then troubles with an expired domain name. And now, it seems, we have had our primary e-mail address disabled for about a week. From March 3rd to 10th, the address editor[at]beatdom(dot)com was beset by technical troubles and any mail sent to this address during this was irretrievably lost. It seems that there was an issue with our web...

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The Dharma Bums: Judging a Book by its Cover
Mar03

The Dharma Bums: Judging a Book by its Cover

On Dave Moore’s wonderful Beat Generation Facebook group – a partner to the very active Jack Kerouac group – there is at present a thread discussing the following cover for Jack Kerouac’s classic, The Dharma Bums. (The discussion actually revolves around the front cover and not the whole jacket as featured above.) The person who originally posted the cover remarked that it was the, “Worst cover...

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B16 Submissions
Feb13

B16 Submissions

Some people are so poor, all they have is money – Jack Kerouac The theme for Beatdom #16 is MONEY. That means we’re looking for essays, short stories, poems, and artwork that deal with money and/or the Beat Generation. As usual, we devote most of the space in the magazine to essays, so those are favoured. Ideas for essays: The battle for Kerouac’s estate Burroughs’ alleged millions Poverty and art Money in the...

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Reconsidering the Importance of the Joan Anderson Letter
Dec16

Reconsidering the Importance of the Joan Anderson Letter

It’s been an exciting few years for fans of the Beat Generation. Since Beatdom was founded, we have seen the release of a number of high profile movie adaptations (including Howl and On the Road), the publication of previously unpublished Beat works like The Sea is My Brother, and various major anniversaries (including the fifty years that have passed since Howl and On the Road were published, as well as the centenary of the birth of...

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