Beatdom #7 on Kindle
Mar03

Beatdom #7 on Kindle

One of our most successful issues of Beatdom was the 7th, released way back in 2010. This was the music-themed issue, and contained some wonderful essays about the influence of music on the Beats, and the influence of the Beats on music. (You can read more in our archives.) Beatdom #7 has long been out of print, but fear not – it’s back to life on Kindle! That’s right, since Beatdom #10 we have been using Kindle to...

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Dostoyevsky’s Heavenly Christmas Tree
Dec21

Dostoyevsky’s Heavenly Christmas Tree

For “electronic laser TV generations that don’t read Dostoyevsky” quoth Allen Ginsberg Fyodor, Fedor, Feodor Dostoevski, Dostoievsky, Dostoevskii, Dostoevsky, Dostoyevsky was a psychologist, pardon, novelist His Christmas story is about a six-year-old boy, perhaps younger than six The boy is in a great city Alone with a sick mother In a cold damp cellar Starving He touches his mother So cold is she Dead cold It’s dark in the cellar...

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New ‘Festival of the Beats’ for Ipswich
Dec17

New ‘Festival of the Beats’ for Ipswich

A new literary, art and music festival celebrating the Beat Generation is being launched in Ipswich next month. The month-long “Festival of the Beats” will feature a series of fringe events at various locations in the build-up to the main festival weekend – from January 31 to February 2. Poetry, spoken word, film, live music and art exhibitions will be held at the Town Hall to pay tribute to a literary movement which took off in...

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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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