A Willamette Valley Springtime

Posted on Tree at Art, Poetry Fair, Silverton, OR Under a Crayola sky and a festive landscape, we walked by sea or granny smith green branches, mustard, even pumpkin, and cranberry branches. The sky was a pacific, midnight, or maybe denim blue. From a cool evening, warm melting wax of laser lemon oozed on the edges. White aspens and birches and dark weeping willows and black oaks were electrified with electric lime, screaming or...

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Noise Poetry: An Interview with Thurston Moore
Oct10

Noise Poetry: An Interview with Thurston Moore

As an MFA fiction student at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University (one of the longest, most consistently-made-fun-of school names ever), I was fortunate enough to be brought face-to-face with some of the most legendary members of the American cultural underground of the past 50 years. Since the Kerouac School was founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974, we have operated in a lineage outside...

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The Last Man Standing: Al Hinkle
Oct07

The Last Man Standing: Al Hinkle

The name Al Hinkle should be familiar to most readers of Beatdom, and if it isn’t then they’ll most likely know him by one of the names Jack Kerouac gave him in his novels: Big Ed Dunkel, Slim Buckle, or Ed Buckle. Hinkle and his wife, Helen were good friends of Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady, and feature frequently as characters in a number of Beat Generation texts, including many of Kerouac’s, and also John Clellon...

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Report on Filming the Unfilmable
Oct06

Report on Filming the Unfilmable

They said Naked Lunch was unfilmable. Many people thought the same about Howl, but both Beat classics have been successfully adapted to the screen. Now it’s Kerouac’s turn to have his opus made into a movie. Here’s a Channel 4 report:    

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