Kerouac’s Bad Trip

by David S. Wills In January, 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as President of the United States of America, whilst the much maligned “King of the Beats”, Jack Kerouac, was trying magic mushrooms for the first time, at 170 East Second Street in the East Village.[1] It was Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary who were responsible. By this stage Jack Kerouac was soured on the Beats and the following countercultural movements, and had...

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Beat Links for June

Big Sur’s Best Ambassador: Henry Miller and the place that saved his life HOWL! Festival Kicks Off in East Village on Ginsberg’s Birthday Harry Smith issues his famous Anthology Opera Review: Why Philip Glass Has a Gift For Setting Allen Ginsberg to Music New York Public Library Buys Timothy Leary’s Papers Into the Wilds of Roberto Bolaño Two Rebel Figures, One Traditional Painting For Sale: Childhood Home of William...

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Issue Nine Update
Jun12

Issue Nine Update

As you are surely aware, Beatdom’s ninth issue is drug-themed. Submissions are now closed and the countdown begins until the magazine is actually released (sometime next month). Here’s what your next issue will include: Essays on Ginsberg’s religious use of marijuana, Kerouac’s bad mushroom trip, Burroughs’ search for Yage, and two more that are currently a closely held secret. We also have an essay by Micah Berul about Ginsberg’s...

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Review: The Heming Way
Jun07

Review: The Heming Way

It’s been a busy time here in the Beatdom offices, what with the launch of Beatdom Books and the preparation that is going into our next issue. So when Marty Beckerman wrote me and asked for a review of his new book, I said, “This better fucking be worth it.” Of course, a part of me knew it would. Beckerman is a class act. He has written for numerous publications and has a couple of well respected books behind him. Hunter S. Thompson...

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Moloch!
Jun02

Moloch!

The above image, titled “Moloch!” was produced by Beatdom Books author, Spencer Kansa. Kansa’s first novel will be published this July by Beatdom...

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