Hunger For Peace: A Mob Fairy Tale
May25

Hunger For Peace: A Mob Fairy Tale

From Beatdom #14     All of our birthdays came in a row, and the numbers that year were rich with meaning. I followed Scrapple’s Lucky Seven with my own Big Two–One. Head gave me a coupon for five free singing lessons with him, plus a charcoal caricature of a goateed me which a Lantern regular had drawn to illustrate one of my Head-bestowed nicknames: Toulouse. Head had handed me that handle years before for my role as...

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This Is How We Die – A Burroughsian Play
May24

This Is How We Die – A Burroughsian Play

Christopher Brett Bailey has written and will perform in a new play, coming to the Oval House in mid-June. We highly recommend that our UK-based readers take a look. Here’s what they say: Savage, surreal, hypnotic and apocalyptic, THIS IS HOW WE DIE blends spoken word, storytelling, caustic humour and gutter philosophy into a dizzying exorcism of a world that is convinced it is dying. With echoes of Lenny Bruce, William...

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Allen Ginsberg: Belmar Beach
May22

Allen Ginsberg: Belmar Beach

“We used to welcome Summers in With children by the shore, But now how long the time has been We journey there no more . . .” i Allen Ginsberg as a boy Playing on Belmar beach Young skinny arms and legs boy Laughing boy Inquisitive boy Bright boy Drive from North to Belmar boy Excitement of going down the shore boy And first hint of salt air First sight of blue Atlantic waves Rushing to water’s edge Playing in sand and building sand...

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New Video: Hunter S. Thompson Reads The Curse of Lono
May21

New Video: Hunter S. Thompson Reads The Curse of Lono

hunter and Ralph read Lono from Itch Film on Vimeo.

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Updates on Beatdom #15 and Beatdom Books
May20

Updates on Beatdom #15 and Beatdom Books

As we move into the latter half of May, only eleven days from the deadline for Beatdom #15, we bring you this image macro, made by the trained monkeys at Beatdom H.Q. It features quotes from the three men hiding in the atomic bomb cloud that lingered over the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy: If haven’t already, please get your submissions in for Beatdom #15 as soon as possible. There are some details and ideas...

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Furthur Bus 50th Anniversary “Trip”
May18

Furthur Bus 50th Anniversary “Trip”

Zane Kesey, son of the author Ken Kesey, legendary Merry Prankster, is currently using Kickstarter to fund a 50th anniversary “trip” across America in his dad’s bus, Furthur. Donations are rewarded with varying levels of thanks – from an e-mail to an invitation to join the “trip”.   A few years ago, Beatdom interviewed Zane, who proved to be a rather difficult...

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American Mutants Spawned in the Bunker
May17

American Mutants Spawned in the Bunker

Originally published in Beatdom #14, and excerpted from the forthcoming memoir/scrapbook, Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg ’72 Through ’92.   Allen Ginsberg invited me to see William S. Burroughs in January 1977, when I was visiting NYC. As you may know, Burroughs’ residence at 222 Bowery was nicknamed The Bunker. It was a converted YMCA, with literally no windows and a shiny steel door. The walls were...

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Shack on the Beach
May14

Shack on the Beach

Sold the house To escape isolated hell of suburbs i Old sour Manhattan ii Beckons no more Cupcake Manhattan No soul Now what? Interior decorated retirement Florida? iii All I want is a shack on the beach Peace And a sweet juicy peach To be a sort of sea beatnik iv Nay, “I am not a beatnik. I am a Catholic.” v i Johnson, Joyce. The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac. (New York: Penguin Books, 2012). ii Kerouac, Jack....

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