Beatdom #16 Now On Sale
Jul27

Beatdom #16 Now On Sale

The new issue of Beatdom is now on sale!!! You can buy it HERE. Contents: The Burroughs Millions – David S. Wills The Debt Collector – Neil Randall Herbert Huncke Excerpt – Hilary Holladay Finding Ferlinghetti – Calvin White Ginsberg in the Underground: Whitman, Rimbaud and Visions of Blake – Delilah Gardner Nothing is Perfect – Bob Pope A Negative Score on the Happiness List: The Economics of Hustling in Bonnie Bremser’s For...

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Ginsberg’s Gay Marriage
Jun27

Ginsberg’s Gay Marriage

We at Beatdom would like to congratulate the people of the United States on an event of monumental importance. Today, the Supreme Court voted to make same-sex marriage a right across all states. It is truly a time for celebration. The Beat Generation was, of course, a movement concerned with love and acceptance, and as such I’m sure our readers will be delighted at this news. Many of  you will know that Allen Ginsberg, who...

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The Road Starts in Paterson
Jun21

The Road Starts in Paterson

“The News from Poems” the Sixth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society at William Paterson University ended on a majestic note with a stunning video featuring the music of Frederick Adler, M.D., black-and-white images by the architect and visual artist Jonathan Sinagub, and the words of William Carlos Williams from his epic poem “Paterson,” in a combined work titled “Paterson Project.” www.patersonproject.com...

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The Beats and the Beatles: two sides of the same coin
May26

The Beats and the Beatles: two sides of the same coin

“If two things are two sides of the same coin, they are very closely related although they seem different” – The Cambridge Dictionary Introduction As one might guess, the name of the world’s most successful (Hotten) band in history – the Beatles – does not completely incidentally sound so similar to that of the influential group of writers that called themselves the Beat Generation. What one might not guess, however, is...

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Olmsted at City Lights
Mar28

Olmsted at City Lights

Marc Olmsted, whose memoir, Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg, was published through Beatdom Books in 2014, will be reading at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco next Sunday. See the City Lights website for more...

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Reconsidering the Importance of the Joan Anderson Letter
Dec16

Reconsidering the Importance of the Joan Anderson Letter

It’s been an exciting few years for fans of the Beat Generation. Since Beatdom was founded, we have seen the release of a number of high profile movie adaptations (including Howl and On the Road), the publication of previously unpublished Beat works like The Sea is My Brother, and various major anniversaries (including the fifty years that have passed since Howl and On the Road were published, as well as the centenary of the birth of...

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Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” Finally Found
Nov24

Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” Finally Found

“It was the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better’n anybody in America, or at least enough to make Melville, Twain, Dreiser, Wolfe, I dunno who, spin in their graves.” – Jack Kerouac In 1950, Jack Kerouac read a 16,000 word letter written by his friend and muse, Neal Cassady, that was so revolutionary it caused him to abandon previous attempts at the project that would eventually become On the Road. His...

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Blood and Black Power on the Streets of Chicago
Nov14

Blood and Black Power on the Streets of Chicago

This essay originally appeared in Beatdom #15: the WAR issue. By Pat Thomas    “Black Power: Find out what they want and give it to them. All the signs that mean anything indicate that the blacks were the original inhabitants of this planet. So who has a better right to it?”    William S. Burroughs   August 26 -29, 1968 – Turmoil is brewing throughout the Democratic National Convention, in Chicago. Tired of defending a war...

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