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Under These Stars

The latest title from Beatdom Books is Tony R. Rodriguez’s magnificent road novel, Under These Stars, and it is now available in both paperback and Kindle format.

Under These Stars follows an alcoholic editor called Sarah who’s on an escapist journey around America, a la Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which she eagerly documents via her various social media profiles.


Here’s what the critics are saying:

“In a confession-booth voice, Rodriguez overflows with pure American Zeitgeist. Listen close — and buckle your literary seat-belt.” —ERIC DROOKER, illustrator of the film “HOWL” and the book “HOWL: A GRAPHIC NOVEL”

“Tony R. Rodriguez is an exciting writer, raw as an exposed nerve, who prods and probes the dark recesses of the human psyche with excruciating candour. He wrestles with restlessness and the desire for rest, and grapples in life’s gutter with the meaning of life.” —JOSEPH PEARCE, author of “SHAKESPEARE ON LOVE”

“Tony R. Rodriguez has deposited a proverbial elephant in the literary room, having followed it like a Twitter junkie. His books — as timely as hell and as entertaining as heaven —prove that satire is winning the race with reality.” —PAUL KRASSNER, author of “CONFESSIONS OF A RAVING, UNCONFINED NUT”

“It occurs to me that Tony R. Rodriguez is working dicey ground. In the tradition of other literary rowdies, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kesey, he is not afraid of the lyrical in the service of the earthy. Or the spiritual ode in the quest for worldly sense. And . . . he uses language the way Hendrix used his guitar: to make beautiful noise.” —COREY MESLER, author of “FOLLOWING RICHARD BRAUTIGAN”

“The energy and exuberance of Tony R. Rodriguez’s prose will leave readers reeling. Perhaps only Roth in ‘PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT’ and the novels of Kerouac compare. Don’t drink any coffee before reading: you won’t need it.” —ERIC MILES WILLIAMSON, author of “EAST BAY GREASE”

“Finally, one of the fellaheen has his say! Tony R. Rodriguez brings a long-needed, authoritative tale of the heroine to Beat oeuvre. His voice is an exciting mix of scholarly and street, a modern sensibility that will jolt readers upright and make them remember they are ALIVE—and all the joy and pain and beauty that comes with it!” —BRENDA KNIGHT, author of WOMEN OF THE BEAT GENERATION

“Under These Stars takes the modern day road trip and turns it into an existential journal through the physical and digital landscapes we now cohabitate. It is a 21st century exploration of America if Jack Kerouac were a woman and living in an overexposed media-filled world.” —CHRISTOPHER CARMONA, lecturer at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and author of BEAT

“Under These Stars is quite the road trip, brimful of great music, some decent waves, a tasty selection of brews, and a fascinating critique of filmographies that accompany the reader while experiencing a journey of self-reflection and being human. Tony R. Rodriguez writes a sobering speculation of reality.” —NICH L. PEREZ, CSC, Holy Cross Brother, Communications Faculty at Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana

“Under These Stars is the literary soundtrack of a modern Beat Generation that copes with a combustible reality they’re responsible for shaping. Rodriguez is a clever wordsmith who puts you right in the driver’s seat of a life-changing trip.” —SONNY KILFOYLE, lead singer of the band MINKS

“I have been handed many Road books in the last 25 years—this one is on the top of the heap.” —TOM PETERS, poet/proprietor at BEAT BOOK SHOP


Updates on Beatdom #15 and Beatdom Books

As we move into the latter half of May, only eleven days from the deadline for Beatdom #15, we bring you this image macro, made by the trained monkeys at Beatdom H.Q. It features quotes from the three men hiding in the atomic bomb cloud that lingered over the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy:

Beat Generation War Quotes
If haven’t already, please get your submissions in for Beatdom #15 as soon as possible. There are some details and ideas here, here, and here. Please read the guidelines carefully and keep in mind that we are now mostly looking for essays. This issue has received the highest number of submissions to date, but we mostly receive fiction and poetry.

Aside from Beatdom #15, the helper monkeys at H.Q. have been busy prepping from the release of several Beatdom Books publications. These include Under These Stars by Tony R. Rodriguez (whose Facebook page you can find here) and Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg ’72-’97 by Marc Olmsted (who has a poem in the the next issue).
Early reviews for both books have been glowing, and our last publication, Philip Willey’s Naked Tea, has also earned praise. Later this year we will be releasing John Tytell’s mammoth collection of interviews and essays.

In other, non-publishing, news, Beatdom is moving over to Google Plus, after its humble editor (this jerk) became sick of Facebook’s absurd page management policies. With 1,200+ organically generated followers, only about 10% ever see our posts, and this seems unfair. We now have to pay through the nose to reach the people who signed up for our feed! So please head over to our Google Plus page, or be sure to check in on our Facebook page when you can. We will still update it, but Mark Fuckerberg seems determined to keep all pages held at ransom.