Summer Bop 2013
Jul28

Summer Bop 2013

“All I can say is, if you know Jimmy Heath, you know Bop.” — Dizzy Gillespiei Jack Kerouac, jazz enthusiast extraordinaire, was inspired by and promoted jazz in his writing. He breathed jazz in prose and poetry. Allen Ginsberg called it “spontaneous bop prosody.” Ann Charters wrote in Kerouac: A Biography he “identified more with musical geniuses like Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan and...

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Beatdom #13 On Sale
Jul25

Beatdom #13 On Sale

After much delay, Beatdom #13 – the DRINKING issue – is now on sale. Get it on Amazon, Kindle, or via our website. This issue features essays about William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Bukowski’s thoughts on...

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Nude Supper
Jul20

Nude Supper

Nude Supper i   Desolation Angels, p.341 [Kerouac about Burroughs] “…rejecting him completely from their interior decorated living rooms in retirement Florida because of the mad book he’s written and published in Paris (Nude Supper) –” Heat wave So hot Summer in the naked city How shall we dine? How shall we sup? Let’s shrimp in the raw Peel the shells Drop in aqua ice Crisp baby artichokes Snip off...

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RIP Chris Dickerson
Jul16

RIP Chris Dickerson

During the preparation for Beatdom #12, in late 2012, I was honored to receive a submission from a man named Chris Dickerson. He contributed one of the finest essays I’d had the pleasure of reading in a long time. It was called “Down These Mean Streets,” and acted as a literary guide to Los Angeles, focused through the eyes of Raymond Chandler. Since publishing that wonderful essay, I have received numerous e-mails...

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Vast Suffering Painting
Jul14

Vast Suffering Painting

First thought, best thought First wife, best? Lost wife of youth Black-haired baby boy Third wife Care giving wife Second wife Ah Blue-eyed girl “You can’t go all over the country having babies like that,”i sayeth Gabe to Neal (Jack, why couldn’t you be happy with ecstasy pie pumpernickel bread and sweet butter with your morning coffeeii?) First noble truth suffering La vida es dolorosaiii You will have suffering in this world Born to...

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Defender of Jack
Jul08

Defender of Jack

“Tis too starved an argument for my sword”i Politics not for me Peacemaker methinks But take a stand To defend Ti Jean Read such things (yawn) anti this anti that True, Jack said Ugly drunken Tokay’d words to big bearded Patriarch of Constantinople But Desolate Angel saith Irwin takes no bull from anyone (courage boy Newark born raised in Pater son survived harrows of Naomi emerged life canonized bard and saint) When Jack acted out...

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Drinking from the Beat Menu
Jul07

Drinking from the Beat Menu

 Jack Kerouac Gin, whiskey, beer, cognac, and wine   According to his biographer, Michael Dittman, as a young construction worker (working on the Pentagon), Jack Kerouac would bring a pint of “gin or whiskey” to work every day. His early years appear mostly dominated by beer, which he would continue to drink – often as a chaser – for the rest of his life. However, through most of Beat history – from the early “libertine circle”...

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Coming Soon
Jul03

Coming Soon

This is the cover for Beatdom #13: the DRINKING issue. It features legendary booze-hound, Charles Bukowski, as drawn by the talented Waylon Bacon.  

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