What to Expect from Beatdom# 20

For the past few months, the world has been in turmoil. Life has been turned upside down for many of…

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Allen Ginsberg’s First Poem?

I was doing some research this morning for a forthcoming book about Hunter S. Thompson (who attended the Kentucky Derby…

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From “Philadelphia-Sigma subversion and insurrection” Center to Kingsley Hall: exploring the Laing-Trocchi-Berke connection

It should have been one of the most enduring countercultural unions of the century: Alex Trocchi, avant-garde novelist, drug fiend,…

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The Protests of Ginsberg and Di Prima as Marginalized Minorities

There is nothing more American than a protest, than questioning authority and rebelling in the name of justice. As a…

1 year ago

Allegories from the Cave: Burroughs and Trocchi – a Platonic Love

‘Demiurgos scowled, and with that Plato awoke. Or did he?’ Voltaire The drug experience has often been perceived as a…

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Allen Ginsberg Changed My Life

I don’t know where it was that I first read Allen Ginsberg, but strangely enough, I wanted to follow in…

1 year ago

The Best and Worst Beat Book Covers

One should not judge a book by its cover, of course, but judging the cover alone is fair game (as…

1 year ago

Virgules / After Cézanne

In his 1966 interview for The Paris Review, Ginsberg recounts his early preoccupation with Cézanne’s juxtaposition of color: “I suddenly…

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A Shoe that Fits the Mind – Ginsberg’s South American Journals

In 1960, Allen Ginsberg accepted an invitation to attend a poetry conference in Chile. The conference was to last only…

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The Big Beatdom Sale

‘Tis the season for rampant consumerism. Across the internet, sellers are undercutting one another in a race for the bottom…

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