Two Young Men and Two Paintings on a Hot Summer Day
Aug27

Two Young Men and Two Paintings on a Hot Summer Day

“In the air-cooled museum Phil spent ten minutes in front of a portrait of Jean Cocteau by Modigliani. . . .Then we both stopped in front of Tchelitchew’s Cache-Cache and looked at that for a while.” And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, 2008, (174). The morning after he murders his long-term friend, Ramsay Allen, Phillip Tourian and his other friend, Mike Ryko, spend the hot summer day at...

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“The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” and the Hippos and Benny Goodman and the Savoy
Aug21

“The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” and the Hippos and Benny Goodman and the Savoy

“We passed the Apollo theater . . . . and then we crossed the street to a penny arcade . . . . and we started playing pinball machines . . . . I shoved a nickel in the jukebox and played Benny Goodman’s ‘The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise.’” And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, (written 1945), 2008, (172). My World War II generation (termed “The Greatest Generation”) parents would be...

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Episode One
Aug21

Episode One

In this first episode of the Beatdom Podcast, your host, David S. Wills, talks with Charles Cannon about his Burroughs 100 event, discusses the questions of “What is Beat?” listens to poetry by Beatdom contributor, GK Stritch, and speaks with Michael Hendrick, author of the forthcoming novels Egypt Cemetery and Whiskers in the Wind. As this is our first ever foray into the world of podcasting, please forgive our lack of...

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Early Summer Mourn
Aug15

Early Summer Mourn

It feels so safe in this soft summer bed With the sheets smelling sweetly And the light warmth of the cotton blanket And the early morning birds chirping After the cicadas have stopped Why can’t it always be peaceful? Like this moment “All things hang like a drop of dew upon a blade of grass” i wrote the poet In the blink of an eye I have truly seen Best minds destroyed By sorrowful disease Neurologists never give good news And I lie...

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Subterranean Lost Love
Aug08

Subterranean Lost Love

“They are hip without being slick, they are intelligent without being corny, they are intellectual as hell and know all about Pound without being pretentious or talking too much about it, they are very quiet, they are very Christlike.” The Subterraneans The great Basie band. . . one, two, and you know what to do Thank Chu Berry much Sassy classy Vaughn Gerry Mulligan hobo stew Stan Kenton rues the roux This jazz is for you,...

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Announcing the Beatdom Podcast

I am pleased to announce that, beginning August, 2013, Beatdom will be expanding yet again into new territory. Not content with being a literary journal and publishing company whose works sell on every continent (except those bastards in Antarctica), we are taking our first steps into the audio world with the introduction of Beatdom: The Podcast. You might well be wondering how this will function. Beatdom’s reputation at present...

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Another Unpublished Kerouac Book Coming 2014
Aug06

Another Unpublished Kerouac Book Coming 2014

THE HAUNTED LIFE by Jack Kerouac, due March 2014: Jack Kerouac wrote THE HAUNTED LIFE in 1944 when he was 22 years old and attending Columbia University. It was originally meant to be a three-part novel, but only the first part was ever polished (it runs roughly 19,000 words). Upon its completion, Kerouac promptly lost his only hand-written final draft in a New York taxi cab, remaining unknown to the public until its appearance at...

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William S. Burroughs: Botanist
Aug04

William S. Burroughs: Botanist

In 1953, William S. Burroughs published his first novel, Junkie, which ended with the ominous line, “Yage may be the final fix.” Burroughs had written the novel during his travels in 1950-52, when he was living in Mexico, as well as visiting Panama, Peru, Columbia and Ecuador. The line was meant to anticipate Junkie’s sequel, Queer, about his travels in South America, although the book wasn’t released released until 1985. Burroughs...

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