Beatdom in San Francisco

Wills, D., ‘Beatdom in San Francisco’ in Wills, D., Beatdom Vol. 2 (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2008) I woke up about six and lay and waited for the sun to rise to signal the arrival of seven, when breakfast was available. It was my first night in the Adelaide, my first night in the city. I felt ok, despite not remembering going to bed, or even checking in. I had arrived in San Francisco at about half three the...

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Women of the Beat Generation
Jan13

Women of the Beat Generation

History has not been kind to the women of the Beat Generation. Their presence is largely unknown to most casual readers, and considered largely unimportant to those who would delve a little further. Perhaps it is because the feminists that followed in the decades to come would deem women to be a valuable part of society, whereas the Beats, male and female, had little interest in playing any active role in society. The female Beats...

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Stevia: A Bitter/Sweet Story

Wills, D. and Bisset, K., ‘Stevia: A Bitter/Sweet Story’ in Wills, D., (ed.) Beatdom Vol. 2 (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2008) Stevia: A Bitter/Sweet Story By Kirsty Bisset and David S Wills - – - - Notes from the editors… - – - - From Ms. Bisset… What’s this? Yet another example of corporations wielding their unlimited power to ban substances that threaten their wealth. Why you ask? Of course, they are...

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Saving Bukowski’s Bungalow

Bukowski’s long gone, though his Bungalow still stands, but not for long unless we DO something about it! A few years back Mrs Benway and I went to Key West where we saw Ernest Hemingway’s house, writing studio and a few of his favorite watering holes. How cool would it be to be able to take a similar tour a la Bukowski in LA? Hey, maybe they can make Pink Elephant Liquors a landmark too! B.B, 09/16/07 A friend of mine,...

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The Life of Gregory Corso
Jan13

The Life of Gregory Corso

Wills, D., ‘Gregory Corso’ in Wills, D., Beatdom Vol. 2 (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2008) Biography The life of Gregory Corso reads like a cheap and trashy tragic made-for-TV movie. It was one of heartbreak and irony… Corso was born Nunzio Corso on March 26th 1930, to a sixteen year old mother. Michelina Corso had just married Sam Corso before giving birth to Nunzio, and a year later she abandoned him into the care of...

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Neeli Cherkovski Interview

Wills, D., ‘Neeli Cherkovski Interview’ in Wills, D., Beatdom Vol. 2, (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2008) We all know you and Bukowski worked together, but how close were you as friends? I don’t know how close anyone could really be with Hank. The best times we had were one on one, drinking bouts at his De Longpre Avenue apartment in East Hollywood.  There was no end to the bantering, mostly about the literary...

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The Philosophy of Advertising

Beatdom strives to keep itself relevant. It began as a project to keep its staff reading Kerouac and Ginsberg, to give us an excuse to do what we love and call it work… But at times it becomes work. No one at Beatdom works full-time for the magazine, but we love it anyway. The problem lies in the fact that magazines need advertisements to turn profits. The editors, writers, and publishers need their pockets lined and the people need...

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The Outsiders Review

Wayne Ewing became a personal hero of mine when he made a fantastic trilogy of documentaries about the late, great Dr. Hunter S Thompson. When I discovered he was putting together a documentary about the eccentric publishers of Beatniks and Bukowski, I jumped at the chance to take Beatdom from the cold climes of Scotland to the surprisingly warm weather of Denver, Colorado, where The Outsiders of New Orleans: The Loujon Press was...

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