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release of a number of high profile movie adaptations (including Howl and On the Road), the publication of previously unpublished Beat works like The Sea is My Brother, and various major anniversaries (including the fifty years that have passed since Howl and On the Road were published,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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Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” Finally Found
Nov24

Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” Finally Found

“It was the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better’n anybody in America, or at least enough to make Melville, Twain, Dreiser, Wolfe, I dunno who, spin in their graves.” - Jack Kerouac In 1950, Jack Kerouac read a 16,000 word letter written by his friend and muse, Neal Cassady, that was so revolutionary it caused him to abandon previous attempts at the project that would eventually become On the Road. His new...

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Blood and Black Power on the Streets of Chicago
Nov14

Blood and Black Power on the Streets of Chicago

This essay originally appeared in Beatdom #15: the WAR issue. By Pat Thomas    “Black Power: Find out what they want and give it to them. All the signs that mean anything indicate that the blacks were the original inhabitants of this planet. So who has a better right to it?”    William S. Burroughs   August 26 -29, 1968 - Turmoil is brewing throughout the Democratic National Convention, in Chicago. Tired of defending a war he...

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War Upon War: The Second-Generation Beats and Postmemory
Oct15

War Upon War: The Second-Generation Beats and Postmemory

This essay originally appeared in Beatdom #15: the WAR issue.   by Katie Stewart     Most of the writers and artists to whom the label “Beat” was applied did not directly experience the horrors of war. Certainly, some of the older Beats of the original Columbia University circle had been in the firing line: Jack Kerouac, for one, shipped out in the merchant marines in the minefield of the Atlantic, and then joined the...

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