5 Tips from the Beats on how to Write Better
Sep18

5 Tips from the Beats on how to Write Better

Guest post by Ardin Lalui, a writer inspired by Tom Waits and Cormac McCarthy. While the beats have gained a reputation for spontaneous, free-flowing, unedited writing, the truth is that usually, good writing takes time and practice. The best beat writers were well aware of this. Here are 5 of their tips on how good writing happens: 1. Only write what you feel a passion for. If your story or chapter isn’t grabbing you, it sure...

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Substance Use

Last week, in part one of Beatdom’s literary discussion series, we debated the impact of the Beats (and other writers) on “crap writing”. This week we’re looking at a more controversial topic – that of substance use and abuse, and its impact upon the world of literature. There’s a lot known and a lot assumed about the use of substances – illegal and otherwise – by writers and artists. From Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Hunter S....

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Ah Pook is Here: Graphic Novel

Following on the heels of Eric Drooker and Allen Ginsberg’s  Howl and Illuminated Poems, is William S. Burroughs’ foray into the world of the graphic novel is set to be made public by Fantagraphics Books. It should be released in the summer of 2011. In the 1970s, before the term “graphic novel” was coined, Burroughs and artist Malcolm McNeill collaborated on Ah Pook is Here. It was originally a comic strip in a...

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The Beat Generation, Gonzo Journalism, and Crap Writing

Over at Charles Montgomery’s Korean Literature in Translation website, there is a small discussion on “weird” or “strange” writing. He was discussing a Korean novel that – whilst not entirely awful – seemed only to be strange for the sake of strangeness. I commented that this is something I see a lot as an editor, particularly as an editor of a Beat Generation-themed literary journal....

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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within is currently doing the film festival circuit, and helping to keep William S. Burroughs in the thoughts of today’s cinema-goers. In a year when James Franco is helping bring Allen Ginsberg to a new audience, and On the Road is finally being brought to screen (with some of today’s most popular young actors) it’s nice to see the old man of the Beat Generation remembered. You can help...

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On the Road Anniversary

Thanks to Michael Hendrick for reminding me… Today is the 53rd anniversary of the publication of On the Road.  Jack Kerouac’s classic was published September 5th 1957, and has been inspiring people ever since. As Bob Dylan said, “It changed my life like it changed everyone else’s.”

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Howl: The Graphic Novel

September 24th sees the release of the much awaited movie, Howl, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The movie features a long animated sequence in which Eric Drooker brings Ginbserg’s poem to life, stanza by stanza. Drooker was chosen because of his experience in animating Ginsberg’s work. In 1996 he illustrated Illuminated Poems. Now there’s a graphic novel that features artwork from the movie. You can...

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