On Bitch Magazine’s Response to Joan’s Death
Mar31

On Bitch Magazine’s Response to Joan’s Death

One of our readers, Devin Fahey, recently posted a link to the Beatdom FB page. The link was to a provocatively titled article in Bitch magazine, “A Great Artist Kills His Wife—Now She’s Just a Quirky Footnote in His History.” The article itself is partly a response to reviews of Barry Miles’ excellent biography, Call Me Burroughs – a much-needed update on the life and times of one of America’s most...

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Lobster Tail in Downtown Red Bank
Mar28

Lobster Tail in Downtown Red Bank

Lobster tail in downtown Red Bank A big lovely lobster tail sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar Takes up the white cardboard bakery box tied with red-and-white- bake shop string Nestled in pristine white bakery paper Layers and layers of light flaky leaves shaped as shell Crisp to the tooth One crunchy bite Fresh sweetened rich French cream oozes out Another bite will set you right Next bite lightens up this sad old world Lobster tail...

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Possible Essay Topics for Beatdom #15
Mar27

Possible Essay Topics for Beatdom #15

Every time we put out a new issue of Beatdom, we issue a general “call for submissions.” You can find the latest one here. Typically we receive a number of very similar essays, and have to choose between them. This is unfortunate, as often we’ll get two very good essays on similar topics, and ideally we’d like to print both, but they would be rather tedious for our readers. While I don’t doubt that will...

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Call for Submissions: Beatdom #15
Mar25

Call for Submissions: Beatdom #15

The Beat Generation, it seems, dominated American culture between two major wars. The history books will tell you that they rose out of the Second World War, or as a the group emerged as a reaction to the post-WWII affluence of America. In fact, the Beats began as a circle of friends around Columbia University during WWII, and developing in the post-war era. Although not often dealt with in Beat literature, the war was of importance...

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Iced Coffee and Donuts
Mar25

Iced Coffee and Donuts

“. . . the splendors of coffee cakes and Danish crullers . . .The coffee counter . . .”i I’m a late bloomer, folks, a late bloomer Never ate donuts and coffee until now 2014 And can’t get enough of that bitter cold iced-coffee stuff In big plastic cup with bright colored straw and lid And the crunch of sugary donut Filled with luscious fruity jam Covered in cinnamon powder Sticky and sweet Soft yeasty treat Not to be funny Funny it’s...

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CUT UP! An Anthology Inspired by the Cut-Up Method of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin
Mar21

CUT UP! An Anthology Inspired by the Cut-Up Method of William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin

In Paris in the late Fifties the Beat Generation writer William Burroughs developed the Cut-Up Method. It involved taking a piece of finished text and cutting it into pieces – then rearranging those pieces to create a new text or work of art. Burroughs wrote that: “When you cut into the present the future leaks out.” His creative partner and pal Brion Gysin prophetically declared that: “All words are taped.” This...

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The Sea Is My Sister
Mar19

The Sea Is My Sister

The sea is my sister Perth saint is my brother Brothers are uncles Uncles and nuncles Philip, James, Frank, and Joe Joseph sailor did go The sisters Kulchicovsky One, two, three, me The house is my home Car and trees are the key To life in the suburbs Bored malls alien me Sea far away green-and-gray sea foaming sea All sorrows get drowned in my dry cup of tea Aunts, yes, three Marys and crosses a’plenty (Believe that there will be...

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William S. Burroughs, C. J. Bradbury Robinson, and Williams Mix
Mar17

William S. Burroughs, C. J. Bradbury Robinson, and Williams Mix

Love or hate him, venerate or revile him, the life and work of William Seward Burroughs continues to inspire and intrigue. In addition to “The Work,” since his death in 1997 we have seen further biographies, celebrations, collections of letters, and critical studies, as well as restored and even previously unpublished texts. There has been reassessment and re-examination of various aspects of the life and work, starting with Burroughs...

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