From Tumbleweeds to Tumblr
Jun29

From Tumbleweeds to Tumblr

Dear Reader, (Shut up, Kim Jong-il, I’m not talking to you.) You may have noticed a few tumbleweeds blowing around these parts recently. I’d like to offer a brief explanation/excuse: Beatdom is a pretty large company, but very short staffed. The magazine is edited by David S. Wills and Katharine Hollister, but the website and publishing arm are run entirely by David. It’s a lot of work for one person –...

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The Greatest Road Movie Never Made
Jun25

The Greatest Road Movie Never Made

  Brando should have played Dean; Jack’s 1957 letter to Marlon asking him to buy the film rights to On the Road is a cry in the dark night of his tormented soul. Marlon would have been stellar. Think of the young Marlon Brando as Stanley, Johnny, Terry, or even Sky – a guy straight out of the Omaha, Nebraska, heartland – wild, unorthodox, intelligent, rebellious, athletic, and the Zeus of Adonises. Team him with movie-star...

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Big Bill Bio
Jun22

Big Bill Bio

My brow furrows As I check out big, big book on Burroughs This bio is certainly thorough Old wild American Bill Lee Burroughs Miles and miles Pages and pages It will take ages and ages Bill a mad gray hombre of interest Put life to the testiest test An individual Who jumped through no hoops But walked a strange path of his own In an age of political tyranny Enslavement to government Regulations, restrictions, interference, taxes, and...

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Beatdom #15: The Cover
Jun19

Beatdom #15: The Cover

We are delighted to share with you the cover of the next issue of Beatdom – the WAR issue. Designed by the wickedly wonderful Waylon Bacon, we feel it illustrates the horrors of war across the ages. In the magazine we will explore war in all forms, from Burroughs’ intergalactic wars, to the brutal realities of WWII and Vietnam, as viewed through the not-so-rose-tinted glasses of our Beat...

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Storming the Reality Studio with Uncle Bill:  Some Thoughts on William S. Burroughs and the Movies
Jun18

Storming the Reality Studio with Uncle Bill: Some Thoughts on William S. Burroughs and the Movies

From Beatdom #14   By Matthew Levi Stevens Art by Philip Willey Until really quite recently, of the “big names” that one thinks of in association with the Beat Generation, it was always William S. Burroughs that was easiest or most likely to think of in connection with film – for a variety of reasons, some fairly obvious and others not so. It is something of a cliché that of the Big Three, each had a decade of which they were very...

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Bloomsday Thoughts: Kerouac & Joyce
Jun16

Bloomsday Thoughts: Kerouac & Joyce

“In those days I was writing a Joyce-like novel in which I was the Dedalus; and called myself Duluoz. Let’s do that now. Duluoz the Ladysman!” - Jack Kerouac The fiction of Jack Kerouac is heavily inspired by the work of James Joyce. He liked to compare himself and his work to Joyce, and his hero, Neal Cassady, was sometimes compared to Joyce in Kerouac’s letters. Indeed, Kerouac even took inspiration for his...

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Lawrence and Me
Jun15

Lawrence and Me

Clearing out the garage Going through mountains of books Nooks and nooks of books Old English lit books New York and London Harper & Brothers Publishers 1897 Gibbon, Goldsmith, Bentley, Dryden, Coleridge, De Quincey, Wordsworth . . . Bonobos, Silverjones, Rolls, Wetcave, Oilvalley, U Adams, Numbersunworthy . . . And what to my wondering eyes should I find But old friend Lawrence paperback Ferlinghetti-o I say old friend because I...

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Gangsters in the Cadillac
Jun12

Gangsters in the Cadillac

Big beautiful black 47 Cadillac limo to Chicago i Dreamboat in the fast American night Ball the jack all the whitewall way Zooming steady 110 Car thief 500 Speedometer breaks Coyote Nowhere Nebraska Iowa Angel of Terror Fender cracked . . . bender Rods gone “I can’t stand it any more, I can’t look.” Down on the floor of racing horrors Fears of crash Hid in backseat Chicaga Muddy heap Unrecognizable Broken boat Time to get out — fast...

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