The Beat Generation at War
Sep13

The Beat Generation at War

  From Beatdom #15 – Available now on Amazon as a print and Kindle publication: The Beat Generation is often viewed as apolitical, apathetic, selfish, and borne out of the post-WWII era of prosperity. They are viewed as rich kids who chose a bohemian lifestyle as a matter of fashion, as part of a teenage rebellion that went on too long, and inspired too many imitators, and eventually morphing into the beatniks and hippies...

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Howl (2010) – How to Adapt a Beat Classic
Jun08

Howl (2010) – How to Adapt a Beat Classic

By Michelle Rudolf From Beatdom #14     The 2010 movie, Howl, an adaptation of Allen Ginsberg’s classic Beat poem, by Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein was largely successful because it involved approaches to adapting an artistic work that are uncommon in filmmaking. The directors had studied Ginsberg’s life, the process of writing the poem, and what happened in the aftermath of its publication, and ultimately succeeded in...

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Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday (Suit)
Jun03

Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday (Suit)

Today would’ve been Allen Ginsberg’s 88th birthday. This is how he celebrated in 1965: “…took off all my clothes at 39th birthday party drunk singing and dancing naked, the Beatles came at midnight and got scared and ran away…” There is a longer explanation, largely culled from Barry Miles’ retelling, here. * Edit: In a brilliant turn of near-poetic irony, Facebook has deleted the above photo....

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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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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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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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“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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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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