Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tribute

On October 2nd, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his Beat bookstore and publisher, City Lights, will receive Litquake’s 2010 Barbary Award at Herbst Theater. The celebration will be attended by Tom Waits,  Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Winona Ryder, Michael McClure and Eric Drooker. Ferlinghetti and City Lights are being celebrated for their roles in San Francisco literary history. These names should be familiar to any Beat Generation fans....

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One Fast Move Or I'm Gone

The Henry Miller Library is holding “The Event of The Season” this August 14th, with a screening of the movie One Fast Move or I’m Gone and a concert by Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard. The movie features Tom Waits, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Patti Smith, and was largely filmed in and around Big Sur. The event will be catered by Grapes of Wrath Catering – which is owned by a former neighbour of Kerouac during...

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Beatdom #6

Beatdom #6 is finally here! Go to our website to find out more! Or buy direct from the publisher. — This issue has a “travel” theme. We have a long essay examining the journeys taken by each member of the Beat generation, as well as special features on Tangier (a Beat travel hotspot!) and the roaming of Hunter S. Thompson. We have some amazing short stories by Edaurdo Jones, Brin Friesen and Omar Zingaro Bhatia, as...

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The Beat Generation and Travel

Beatdom #6 is coming along nicely, and we’re all set for an April 2nd release. In this issue you’ll see a whole lot about travelling. We also have unpublished work by Alene Lee, and some poetry and fiction by old Beatdom favourites. Just to whet you appetite, here’s a sample from Issue Six: an essay exploring where the Beats travelled and what they thought about travel, by Beatdom editor David S. Wills. This essay...

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Happy Birthday Lawrence Ferlinghetti!

Excuse this belated post… Lawrence Ferlinghetti turned 91 on March 24th. Ferlinghetti is the author of A Coney Island of the Mind and, of course, the owner of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. He was the publisher of Ginsberg’s “Howl” among other Beat texts.

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The Beat Generation and Travel
Feb17

The Beat Generation and Travel

More so than any other literary movement, the Beats have influenced the world of travel and have helped shape our perceptions of the world around us. From obvious influences on hitch-hiking to more serious questions relating to the environment, Beat Generation literature and history has played a major role influencing people over the past fifty years. We often look to Jack Kerouac as the great backpacker, whose On the Road is credited...

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Neeli Cherkovski Interview

Wills, D., ‘Neeli Cherkovski Interview’ in Wills, D., Beatdom Vol. 2, (City of Recovery Press: Dundee, 2008) We all know you and Bukowski worked together, but how close were you as friends? I don’t know how close anyone could really be with Hank. The best times we had were one on one, drinking bouts at his De Longpre Avenue apartment in East Hollywood.  There was no end to the bantering, mostly about the literary...

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Bohemian New Orleans
Jan13

Bohemian New Orleans

It was through my love of the work of Hunter S Thompson that I came to watch Wayne Ewing’s films, and through his films that I came to learn about Loujon Press and the Outsider. The story of the Webbs and their press is a fascinating one, and certainly one of which Beatdom has lapped up any and all information. After all, it’s not easy starting up and running a small magazine. So when the opportunity arose to review the beautifully...

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