Marlon Brando Not a Beatnik
Nov22

Marlon Brando Not a Beatnik

  Back in 1959, the year that the Beats moved into the world of film with Pull Your Daisy, and MGM decided that the group made excellent Hollywood fodder, starting with The Beat Generation and moving on with The Subterraneans, Marlon Brando was busy denying any relationship with Kerouac and co. (Click on image for larger view.) The next issue of Beatdom will center around the relationship between the Beats and film, and includes...

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Alt Lit as the New Beat Generation
Sep09

Alt Lit as the New Beat Generation

“Do you think in five years the national media will create a stupid term like blogniks to describe us?”   As a scholar of the Beat Generation, the recent public attention focused on the current phenomenon known as Alt Lit has inspired in me some observations of similarities between the two literary movements. Indeed, one could provide comparisons to other movements or “generations,” but for me the similarities between these two...

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Episode One
Aug21

Episode One

In this first episode of the Beatdom Podcast, your host, David S. Wills, talks with Charles Cannon about his Burroughs 100 event, discusses the questions of “What is Beat?” listens to poetry by Beatdom contributor, GK Stritch, and speaks with Michael Hendrick, author of the forthcoming novels Egypt Cemetery and Whiskers in the Wind. As this is our first ever foray into the world of podcasting, please forgive our lack of...

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Announcing the Beatdom Podcast

I am pleased to announce that, beginning August, 2013, Beatdom will be expanding yet again into new territory. Not content with being a literary journal and publishing company whose works sell on every continent (except those bastards in Antarctica), we are taking our first steps into the audio world with the introduction of Beatdom: The Podcast. You might well be wondering how this will function. Beatdom’s reputation at present...

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Drinking from the Beat Menu
Jul07

Drinking from the Beat Menu

 Jack Kerouac Gin, whiskey, beer, cognac, and wine   According to his biographer, Michael Dittman, as a young construction worker (working on the Pentagon), Jack Kerouac would bring a pint of “gin or whiskey” to work every day. His early years appear mostly dominated by beer, which he would continue to drink – often as a chaser – for the rest of his life. However, through most of Beat history – from the early “libertine circle”...

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Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn
Jun14

Review: This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995 By James Lough   New York’s Chelsea Hotel has a special place in American culture. It has surely been a home, or a home-away-from-home, to more influential artists than any other building in the nation. To list the famous names in American art and literature that have stayed there would require more words than can be devoted to one book review, and would serve...

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Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation
Mar26

Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation

We recently passed a watershed moment in modern American literature, as November, 2012, marked sixty years since John Clellon Holmes introduced the term “Beat Generation” in the New York Times Magazine. To many, this is the sum of all Holmes is known for. His seminal Beat novel Go, also published sixty years ago (five years ahead of Jack Kerouac‘s On the Road), still remains in the shadow of Kerouac’s first book about...

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The First Fifty Years of City Lights
Feb17

The First Fifty Years of City Lights

One of the many rewarding aspects of editing Beatdom is that of reading a fine new piece of writing or viewing a great new art submission. Sometimes readers send works which are not intended for publication but are wondrous and shared simply for the joy of creation and pride in one’s own fine efforts (a vanishing thrill in an increasingly capitalistic society). The current buzz around Lawrence Ferlinghetti, co-founder of the...

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