Naked Tea Now on Sale
Apr28

Naked Tea Now on Sale

Philip Willey is one beat motherfucker. His website tells me he was born in England in 1941, but I don’t believe that for a second. The man is a stark raving lunatic in the truest and most wonderful sense, with a wicked humor that playfully tells the tragic tale of our most favorite of the Beat “Generation”, Mr. William S. Burroughs. His CV is impressive, but I won’t bore you or intimidate you with just how...

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Leo Writes
Apr27

Leo Writes

Leo is known as a bigot but, as Jack Kerouac writes in the last pages of The Haunted Life i, when his father was deathly ill in the hospital, “all the racial nonsense is gone, he sees all men how they are, one by one . . . and all women, of course.” So Pop in his last days has grown. Leo’s letters and Jack’s response to his father’s illness and death, is quite a memorable part of the book. Leo writes about films and books, and...

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Beat Me, Dav-id, GO to the Bar
Apr25

Beat Me, Dav-id, GO to the Bar

(Medium Boogie Woogie) In a Phnom-Penh beach-y sunn-y vil-lage in As-ia There’s a Scot who runs the best Em-er-ald Beat bar He can line fine whisk-ey an-y way that you take it But what he likes the best is kicks that go far When he pours it’s a ball He’s the GO-man of them all Old Bull-Lee waltz-es a-round when Dave sets up the bar, Then when he pours he shakes a hand, The rhyth-m Jack beats puts the gang in a trance No-bod-y there...

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“A Fish With Frog’s Eyes”:  Bob Kaufman, George Romero and the Power of Radioactivity
Apr23

“A Fish With Frog’s Eyes”: Bob Kaufman, George Romero and the Power of Radioactivity

By Kurt Kline   In the poetry of Bob Kaufman, the poet is the healer, journeying down into the underworld of the American psyche in order to heal the wounds of racism, capitalist exploitation, and war. If Kaufman is, as many critics have suggested, a shaman, it is perhaps most properly in the tradition of Hoodoo, which employs music as a mode of otherworldly transport or to facilitate trance states. If Kaufman recuperates the...

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Beatdom #15 Deadline Extension
Apr22

Beatdom #15 Deadline Extension

Due to various publishing projects, the editorial staff at Beatdom have decided to extend the submission period for Beatdom #15 from May 1st, 2014, until May 31st. This is because we are currently working on a number of exciting publications that will be released later this year, and we don’t want to rush the work that we do on Beatdom #15. The topic of Beatdom #15 is “war” and that means we’re looking for...

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Competition Time
Apr19

Competition Time

Competition has now closed. Keep an eye on the Beatdom page for future competitions. It’s competition time once again at Beatdom, and this month we’re giving away a copy of Cia Mathew’s novella, Wood Splinters, which was recently published by Beatdom Books. To be entered into the lucky draw, please “like” our most recent status on the Beatdom Facebook Page. About the Book: Em Gordon is a med school...

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Naropa Turns 40
Apr17

Naropa Turns 40

This Sunday, April 20th, Naropa University – which was founded by Tungpa Rinpoche and was America’s first accredited Buddhist university – turns forty years old. Since the beginning, it included an English department known as the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, which was founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. To mark the event there will be a reading at City Lights Bookshop in San Francisco –...

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Allen Ginsberg at Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Apr15

Allen Ginsberg at Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

A couple of days ago, Michael Stipe took the stage to introduce a night of celebrations of the life of Kurt Cobain and the music of his band, which arguably was a 1990s updated upon the Beat Generation, and gave a beautiful speech, dedicated “for the fags; for the fat girls; for the broken toys; the shy nerds; the Goth kids from Tennessee and Kentucky; for the rockers and the awkward; for the fed-up; the too-smart kids and the...

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