Trek to the Berg
Nov30

Trek to the Berg

The things I do in pursuit of the true Jack Kerouac . . . it’s always daunting driving into New York City from the landscaped suburbs over the George Washington Bridge down the Henry Hudson Parkway passing 115th Street by the river (the scene of the David Kammerer murder) continuing south to the lower numbered streets and then finding and squeezing into a parking space, not ever knowing for sure if the car will be there when we get...

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The Joy of “Book V” in You Can’t Go Home Again
Nov28

The Joy of “Book V” in You Can’t Go Home Again

You Can’t Go Home Again is a “nice, big fat” book, more than seven-hundred pages. Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), Thomas Clayton Wolfe (not to be confused withTom Wolfe, a present day writer) was an inspiration to Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). Thomas Wolfe was a contemporary of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. Wolfe writes splendidly about writing, other writers, and publishing. It’s plain to see how this was of interest to the young writer...

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Marlon Brando Not a Beatnik
Nov22

Marlon Brando Not a Beatnik

  Back in 1959, the year that the Beats moved into the world of film with Pull Your Daisy, and MGM decided that the group made excellent Hollywood fodder, starting with The Beat Generation and moving on with The Subterraneans, Marlon Brando was busy denying any relationship with Kerouac and co. (Click on image for larger view.) The next issue of Beatdom will center around the relationship between the Beats and film, and includes...

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Publishers Beware: Appletree Books
Nov21

Publishers Beware: Appletree Books

Hello. This is a message from the publishers at Beatdom Books. We aim to alert other publishers, as well as readers and other members of the public, of a particular menace. Appletree Books of Cleveland, Ohio, recently agreed to host a bookreading with one of our authors, Michelle Auerbach. They agreed to the reading approximately one month prior to the reading date, and requested 30 copies of her book, The Third Kind of Horse....

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I Want to Be Blue Haired Madame G. K. Rachou
Nov19

I Want to Be Blue Haired Madame G. K. Rachou

When I get old I want to be Blue haired Madame G. K. Rachou La Patronne de la Bohème Latin Quarter With curtains of lace And a charming French face Singing like Mimì There lies the heart On rue Git-le-Coeur And thus the start With red roses from poets And champagne with Lee Cut ups and tea and Old Gold And sun and shine from the last White Imperial Russian And chocolates from everyone Raspberry jam on the Left Bank at 9 Paintings of...

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Volume IV: The Economics of Modern Living
Nov14

Volume IV: The Economics of Modern Living

Narcissus so himself himself forsook        And died to kiss his shadow in the brook -William Shakespeare 1. A summer’s worth of drinking only net me $5.40 in bottle deposits. I’d hoped for at least enough to buy a six pack of something decent. I guess it’s a couple of bottles of Pyramid. Or I could skip the beer altogether. Just the other day I told myself, “All this drinking and carrying on, it’s bestial, don’t you know? About time...

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Remastered BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE film trailer
Nov12

Remastered BURROUGHS: THE MOVIE film trailer

In the upcoming movie-themed issue of Beatdom, we will be talking to Aaron Brookner – son of film-maker Howard Brookner, who made the 1983 classic, Burroughs: The Movie. Aaron has been working a project to digitally remaster and rerelease his father’s film, much to the excitement of Beat fans around the world. Beatdom is delighted to bring you the trailer that the team have just put together: Remastered BURROUGHS THE MOVIE...

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Sad in Paris
Nov12

Sad in Paris

Paris in search of a name Meaning house in the field Love Suffer and Work is thy motto The loneliest man in Paris Visited Bibliothèque Nationale on rue de Richelieu (but the best library in the west is the New York Public Library) Literature is companionship, quoth John (because a Merchant Marine can’t call himself Jean) Perfumed les femmes and French kisses Crackling bread fresh from the baker Creamy Breton butter in little clay...

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