I am so afraid of sleep
Jan27

I am so afraid of sleep

I am so afraid of sleep then I remember a hiking trip alone and sheltering below a ledge of stars. So much dust must constitute, I thought, a honeycomb for the lips of yeshiva boys or an interior of ascending steps to the “Himalayas of the soul”. My night watch was met by a band of Perseids straddling roofs and trees. Science thinks particles are scurrying from universe to universe and when caught in traps and released,...

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Best Dream and Book of Dreams
Jan24

Best Dream and Book of Dreams

The best dream I ever had brought me joy. (My best friend of more than twenty years died. That’s not the dream; that’s real life.) The dream: The phone rang, a wall phone. I picked up and heard Matt’s calm, cheerful voice saying hello. How are things there, Mattie? I asked. Pretty good, he said (that was always his highest compliment). So glad to hear that, Matt, so glad that things are pretty good on the other side . . . and that...

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Fact & Fiction on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Hunter S Thompson
Jan22

Fact & Fiction on the Campaign Trail: The Politics of Hunter S Thompson

I might not get the date right once in a while. I try to be more accurate than other journalists, which is not that difficult. You have to distinguish between what happened and what the situation was. You can’t be objective when you’re dealing with passionate situations, politics and so forth. I guess you can, I never have. For instance if you were objective about Richard Nixon, you would never get him or understand him. You had to be...

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Neal Cassady Birthday Bash
Jan22

Neal Cassady Birthday Bash

5th ANNUAL DENVER NEAL CASSADY BIRTHDAY BASH FEBRUARY 7th The Fifth Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash will take place on Friday, February 7th at 8:00pm, upstairs at the Mercury Café located at 2199 California in Denver. The Bash features music, poetry and reminiscences celebrating the birthday and life of Neal Cassady. Reared on the streets of Denver, pop culture icon Cassady was the archetype Beat writer as well as the protagonist of...

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The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico
Jan20

The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico

In 1995 a scholar named Jorge Garcia-Robles wrote a long essay about William S. Burroughs’ time in Mexico, partly based upon interviews conducted with Burroughs and people that knew him during his time there. The essay was well-received and won the Malcolm Lowry literary essay award, and Garcia-Robles became the leading expert on the Beat Generation and their ties to Mexico. Unfortunately this reviewer doesn’t speak Spanish and had to...

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How to Buy Beatdom #14
Jan19

How to Buy Beatdom #14

So Beatdom #14 (the movie issue) is now on sale. All your friends are talking about it. You’re seething with a jealous rage. You can’t check your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr because of all the talk about the sexy new issue of Beatdom…. Well, that means it’s about high time you took the leap and got yourself a copy of the world’s favorite Beat literary journal. Here’s how: #1 – Buy it on...

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Volume VI: Seeking Shangri-La in the Suburbs
Jan15

Volume VI: Seeking Shangri-La in the Suburbs

“We love neither father nor mother nor wife nor child, but rather the agreeable feelings that they give us.” -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1. I’ve not seen the sun for over a week. Most days it’s simply cloudy, but other days a thick fog hangs over the valley. Time seems to slow down in gray weather. The distinction between day and night is more subtle, going from dull to dark and back again. My mood reflects this pattern. Coffee...

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A Name by Any Other Name Is Not Prince Myshkin
Jan14

A Name by Any Other Name Is Not Prince Myshkin

“At the time I sincerely believed that the only decent activity in the world was to pray for everyone, in solitude.” i Nastasya Filippovna Barashkov is a madwoman or did she just read too many poems? ii Lear on the moor of woes, sinful and sorrowful, sorrows heaped one after another with only the Fool as companion “. . . why ask questions or tear hair or weep. . .” iii Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin is The Idiot “Dostoevsky of Czarist...

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