Setting Kerouac to Music: An Interview with Kubilay Uner
Jul29

Setting Kerouac to Music: An Interview with Kubilay Uner

This article originally appeared in Beatdom #14 – the MOVIE issue.     Kubilay Uner is the composer for the 2013 movie, Big Sur, based on the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name. He has worked with Michael and Mark Polish – the brothers behind the movie – on various projects, as well as performing live scores in concert halls. I spoke to him about setting Kerouac to music for the big screen.   *   Has Kerouac been...

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A Name by Any Other Name Is Not Prince Myshkin
Jan14

A Name by Any Other Name Is Not Prince Myshkin

“At the time I sincerely believed that the only decent activity in the world was to pray for everyone, in solitude.” i Nastasya Filippovna Barashkov is a madwoman or did she just read too many poems? ii Lear on the moor of woes, sinful and sorrowful, sorrows heaped one after another with only the Fool as companion “. . . why ask questions or tear hair or weep. . .” iii Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin is The Idiot “Dostoevsky of Czarist...

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Big Sur Trailer
Apr13

Big Sur Trailer

With the success of On the Road, all eyes are now on the next adaptation of a Kerouac novel: Big Sur.  

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Hunter S. Thompson – Gonzo Frontiersman
Sep22

Hunter S. Thompson – Gonzo Frontiersman

Words by Rory Feehan Photos by David S. Wills   “My only faith in this country is rooted in such places as Colorado and Idaho and maybe Big Sur as it was before the war. The cities are greasepits and not worth blowing off the map.” -          Hunter S. Thompson (from a letter to Lionel Olay,February 16, 1962) Hunter S. Thompson is a name that will always be associated with a variety of locations – from his birthplace of...

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The Nature of Beatdom Issue 11 (with lots of photos)
Jul23

The Nature of Beatdom Issue 11 (with lots of photos)

Dear Readers, We certainly hope that you like to look at pictures – because this is about as many as we think we can squeeze into a single post. The idea is to show that, while the ebook and kindle formats are handy, Beatdom is still fun to have your own personal copy of, like in the old days of the literary journal, when you stuck it in your pocket or bag and pulled it out to read while on the bus, at the doctor’s office...

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The Genius of Henry Miller
Feb18

The Genius of Henry Miller

Photo by David S. Wills   Henry Miller’s books are like a bowl of French onion soup; overwhelmingly rich, intimidatingly dense, and always served with class. Each sentence then becomes a thick, cheesy bite, and shortly after you infiltrate the crust to begin pecking away at the center, you’ve had enough. At least for now. Luckily, unlike soup, Miller’s writing doesn’t lose steam. You may have to set the work down for an hour, a...

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The Beat Hotel…World Premiere Dec. 8 at Cinematheque, Copenhagen
Dec05

The Beat Hotel…World Premiere Dec. 8 at Cinematheque, Copenhagen

Beat Hotel Trailer8th December 2011 Copenhagen The world premiere of  Alan Govenar’s 2011 documentary, The Beat Hotel, will screen at 8:00PM December 8 at Cinematheque, Copenhagen,  as part of a month-long film series dedicated to ‘all things Beat’.  Click on the words in red above for “Beat Hotel Trailer”.  Here is a description of The Beat Hotel from the film’s website: The Beat Hotel, a new film...

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Death Within a Chrysalis

by Nick Meador At the turn of the 1960s, Jack Kerouac found himself in a profound state of limbo, the climax of an existential crisis that predated his life as a published author. He had been looking for an “answer” to his problems since his early twenties,[1] yet for a variety of reasons his dilemma remained unresolved. Then a 35-year-old Jack became famous in an instant when On the Road was published in the fall of 1957, and this...

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