Forever Stung
Jul03

Forever Stung

By  Michael Hendrick Illustration by Waylon Bacon A spate of Christian/spiritual music washed over the AM/FM airwaves in the early-1970s. Jesus Christ Superstar primed the pump, and Norman Greenbaum had made spirituality a Top Ten hit the year before with his rocking Spirit In the Sky. In Eighth Grade,  my eighth year of going to the Holy Mass six days a week, a progressive nun from Philadelphia mimeographed lyrics to these and other...

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Eating the Beat Menu
Jul03

Eating the Beat Menu

Words by Nick Meador Illustration by Kaliptus (from issue 10, available at Amazon) Jack Kerouac’s books contain such a variety of subjects, styles, and voices that his readers have never shared many common characteristics. On the surface, many of Kerouac’s books seem to exude a tone of rebellion against mainstream culture and everything that comes with it, be it business, government, or religion. This voice speaks to the...

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Hinduism: A Different Beat
Mar27

Hinduism: A Different Beat

from Beatdom Issue 10 (buy here) by Geetanjali Joshi Mishra and Ravi Mishra * As a religion, Hinduism has been one of the most ancient and generational expressions. These expressions and beliefs are handed down from the past generation to the present. The Hindu religious thought is such that, on one hand it seeks to exclude life and its aspects in its entirety, and, on the other, its beauty is such that it radiates in the full...

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The Weird Cult: How Scientology Shaped the Writing of William S. Burroughs
Mar04

The Weird Cult: How Scientology Shaped the Writing of William S. Burroughs

“Scientology was useful to me until it became a religion, and I have no use for religion. It’s just another one of those control-addict trips and we can all do without those.”   This essay would be a lot easier to write without using the word “Scientology”. The Church of Scientology has given itself such a bad name over recent decades that it has become almost a swearword, or perhaps the name of a cheesy soap opera. You can’t...

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horseshit

by Cliff Weber   Talking heads on swivel sticks yammer incessantly into my bleeding ears while I stare ahead, nodding on cue like a fucking tchotchke desk bird who drinks water. I am a trinket who serves no purpose, waiting for someone to leave a window open so I can fly into a nearby propeller.   I haven’t been published in almost a year and tonight I’m reminded of that fact. I open another beer and write this...

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Review: One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road
Feb11

Review: One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road

by Michael Hendrick One and Only: The Untold Story of On The Road, may have played more to the heart had it been sub-titled The Untold Story of the Desolation Angels.  Published in November 2011, the volume is mainly comprised of Gerald Nicosia’s interviews with Lu Anne Henderson, former girlfriend of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady and first ex-wife of Cassady. Henderson, in On The Road, is referred to as ‘Marylou’....

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Tristessa: Heavengoing

by Paul Arendt   Jack Kerouac’s surroundings invariably affected his writing style. Narrator Leo Percepied’s voice in The Subterraneans reflected Kerouac’s emergent interest in psychology, and the author’s vision of the stream-of-consciousness as a frantic and self-conscious purge. This interest in psychology found its way into Kerouac’s aesthetic. The result was a manic prose. The narrator tore into his thought patterns and...

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