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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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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At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico
Apr27

At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico

In 2013 I was asked to review a book called The Stray Bullet, about William S. Burroughs’ years in Mexico. I described it as “unreadable,” which made it rather surprising when, a year and a half later, the publishers asked me to review another book by the same author and translator – Jorge Garcia-Robles and Daniel C. Schechter – called At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico. Garcia-Robles styles himself as the “leading...

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The Only Jack For Me
Mar12

The Only Jack For Me

 The only Jack for me are the mad Jacks, the Jacks who are Jack to live, mad to Jack, mad to be Jacked, desirous of everything at the same Jack, the Jacks who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, Jack, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like Jacks across the...

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The Dharma Bums: Judging a Book by its Cover
Mar03

The Dharma Bums: Judging a Book by its Cover

On Dave Moore’s wonderful Beat Generation Facebook group – a partner to the very active Jack Kerouac group – there is at present a thread discussing the following cover for Jack Kerouac’s classic, The Dharma Bums. (The discussion actually revolves around the front cover and not the whole jacket as featured above.) The person who originally posted the cover remarked that it was the, “Worst cover...

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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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Jean-Louis Wept
Dec03

Jean-Louis Wept

“I cried in the Cathedral of the Savior to hear the choir boys sing a gorgeous old thing, while angels seemed to be hovering around—” Jack Kerouac, “Big Trip to Europe” Jean-Louis wept Affects and effects Choir boys sang Sending a pang In lonesome heart Romanesque art Lonesome travels One unravels Cezanne’s greens Baptistery scenes Smokyblue hills Rust reds fulfill Road visions Vermouth rhythms Lucid liquid diamond Infants...

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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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