Happy Birthday, Carolyn Cassady

Carolyn Cassady was born 28th April, 1923. She is best known for her participation in the Beat Generation – both as a character in the works of the Beat writers, as well as for her memoir, Off the Road. Spencer Kansa interviewed Carolyn Cassady for the last issue of Beatdom. Take a look. Or search Beatdom’s archives for more info about...

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Old Bill Burroughs in Trouble Again

It seems that William S. Burroughs is being summoned to court once again in defense of his work, despite having been dead for some time. In his place, thankfully, goes Sel Publishing House, whose rational and considered response to the accusations levied against Burroughs have probably only helped his book sales. Rather than the United States, where the trial surrounding Naked Lunch helped rid the country of the scourge of overzealous...

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Beat Links for April

It seems that everyone is digging the Beats this month. Google just added an “Allen Ginsberg” section to my Google News, and it’s yielding some interesting results. His name keeps popping up, probably with a bit of encouragement from the flurry of new movies about his contemporaries. So here are a couple of links that might be of interest to our wonderful readers: The Plot Turn On the World: The Leary/ Ginsberg Acid Conspiracy Time...

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Many Loves
Apr19

Many Loves

by Dr Madhu Mehrotra and Geetanjali Joshi Mishra “Resolved to sing no songs henceforth but those of manly attachment” -Walt Whitman “Longing is a better muse than satisfaction” says Regina Marler the author of ‘Queer Beat: How the Beats turned America onto sex’ and this is very true with regard to the nucleus of the generation which broke all rules of hegemonic, heterosexual, square society, a generation that questioned procreation...

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Happy Birthday, Bob Kaufman!

On this day in 1925, Bob Kaufman was born. From Beatdom Issue One: Bob Kaufman: The Unsung Beat Overview It always baffles me to find Bob Kaufman omitted from a great many books and documentaries and websites and talk about the Beat Generation. For me, Kaufman is the embodiment of Beat. That is not to say that the more well known names and faces did not embody the spirit they are most widely credited with creating and fulfilling, but...

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Big Sur: The Movie
Apr16

Big Sur: The Movie

This past year has been kind to fans of the Beat Generation. First there was “Howl”, the movie about Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem, starring James Franco and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Then came “On the Road”, adapted from Jack Kerouac’s classic novel, and starring Sam Reilly and Kristen Stewart. As it hasn’t reached the cinema yet, it remains to be seen whether it will...

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Gregory Corso: Poet of the Streets
Apr15

Gregory Corso: Poet of the Streets

by James Lough Illustration by Isaac Bonan If the first string of the Beat writers featured Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, then Gregory Corso was the number one second stringer, an apt metaphor because he loved baseball and wrote about it. When young, in the 1960s, he was a handsome devil, which helped him befriend Allen Ginsberg, who claimed he once seduced Corso. Corso denied it. But Corso’s smooth good looks...

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On the Anniversary of the Death of Allen Ginsberg

It’s been fourteen years since he left us. The Allen Ginsberg Project has some musings on the anniversary of his death.

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