Charles Bukowski Exhibition

The Huntington Library in San Marino is set to display its Charles Bukowski collection for the first time, starting October 9th, and running into the start of next year. The material on display comes from their Bukowski collection, which was donated by his widow, Linda Lee Bukowski. The pair married in 1985. “Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge” will showcase 60 items from the library’s collection, and another 15 from...

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The Beats in Mexico City

Sadly this article came out a little too late for use in Beatdom #6: The Travel Issue, but it makes for some fantastic reading. I highly recommend you go read the whole thing. The Beat Generation has always been associated with Mexico. From Kerouac’s interest in the culture and spirituality, to Burroughs’ need for escaping the US authorities, Mexico provided a playground for our favourite writers. This article, from the...

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The Ostrich: An Edaurdo Jones Poster

A while ago, Mr. Jones asked me to make him a poster for distribution across the continental United States. It’s tough to get a man’s words onto a small sheet of paper and still do him justice. It’s even tougher when you’re still a Photoshop amateur… But here’s what I came up...

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Beating a New Trail

Marty Flynn at the wonderful HSTbooks has written up Beatdom for his website. Here’s the link. ** Also, it’s David S. Wills Week at the Nervous Breakdown! Go take a look.

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A Guide to Kerouac's Characters

There were some huge technical issues immediately preceding the release of Beatdom #3, and sadly the issue was never available in print. It is, however, available here to download. In this issue we ran a long feature that named the real-life people behind the characters that were featured in Jack Kerouac’s novels. To read the full list, please click here. (It’s free!) Below are just some of those characters. Real Name:...

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HST for Beginners

Marty, over at the fantastic HSTbooks has a new website. You may well remember the HST for Beginners series that he started last year. Some of the world’s best and brightest Hunter S. Thompson scholars were invited to give their views on the man and his legendary work. The contributors included Wayne Ewing, William McKeen, Simone Corday, Peter Knox, Peter Richardson, Noel Davila, Marty Beckerman and myself. We first discussed the...

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Alene Lee

One of the great mysteries of the Beat Generation is that of Alene Lee. She is, or rather, was, an enigma. Jack Kerouac wrote about her (as Mardou Fox in The Subterraneans and Irene May in Book of Dreams and Big Sur) but the depictions he gave weren’t particularly accurate. Lee guarded her privacy and so for many years little has been known about her. A few photographs exist, and there are some references to her in a few books...

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Steve Buscemi to Direct Queer

Here’s a bit of Beat news that might interest you… Apparently Steve Buscemi has been linked with directing a movie adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ novel, Queer. This is a story that has been floating around for years, but now it appears to have gained momentum. On Friday night Buscemi and several other actors took to the stage at Florida Studio Theatre to read the screenplay in front of an audience. The screenplay was written by...

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