Tempest Tavern Temptress

by Paul Kay That night in the Tempest Tavern the place was swinging like never before. Hip Brooklyn girls with their eyes on the stars. Drunk guys with their eyes on the girls. Mike was there along with 50 others. A few brunettes were dancing on his lap while he spun his wheelchair around. “Keep going baby, spin us faster. It’s not fast enough,” one said while riding him. Strange stares came my way as I walked through the doorway. A...

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Corso

by Steven O’Sullivan Being a street urchin in New York’s Little Italy around the 40s you would typically follow fabulous cinematic example and team up with the fat kid, the tough kid, and some kind of leader and you’d all run around snatching candy and purses and grow up to run jobs for the Five Families. Right? Fortunately for us, Nunzio Corso turned to books instead of Hollywood stereotypes. At 17, serving three years in New...

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On the Map

Stephanie Posavec is the artist behind the mapping of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. In a recent attempt to explore both the nature of mapping and alternative, non-textual representations of literature, Posavec created a stunning image that was representative of the sentence structure of the legendary Beat text. Here, the artist speaks with Beatdom about her work and her feelings about Kerouac. On Jack Kerouac… I first became interested...

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Beat Dictionary

Action – activity, goings on Baby – term of endearment Beat – beaten down, exhausted, tired, broken by the world Beatific – against the world, out for kicks Beatnik – Herb Caen’s mocking term, used sarcastically Blow – to play, musically Bread – money Bring down – to depress Capped – beaten, bettered Cat – hip fellow Chick – female Collar – to understand Cool – hip Cool it – calm down Corny – old fashioned Cubby – home Cut – to...

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Beat

by Adi Rajkovic There have been many pivotal experiences and events that have influenced my vision as an artist, but the most arresting event (historically speaking) has been the Beat Generation. Although short lived and long ago in the 1950’s, I have learned more from the astute pantheons of the Beat Generation than I have from the spiritless stars that the current generation lionizes. The Beat Generation was a group of people...

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And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks
Feb08

And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks

One famous and pivotal moment in Beat history was the killing David Kammerer by Lucian Carr. It was the end of some things, the start of others, and above all a landmark piece of history that involved some of the most famous writers of the twentieth century. On 13th August, 1944, Lucian Carr was drinking with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, his two Columbia University buddies, when David Kammerer appeared and joined the group....

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Modern Beat: Tom Waits

In Issue One, David S Wills looked at the songwriter Pete Doherty as a modern day Beatnik, with the promise of finding another for Issue Two. He lied. There was no Modern Beats in Issue Two. But here, belatedly, he brings you the second instalment of the Modern Beats section… This time it’s Tom Waits, legendary pianist and Beat aficionado. Intro When I was in California, I met a man named Dale. He was an interesting character, who...

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