Beatdom Updates

Beatdom #21 – Contents

In a little over one month, we will release Beatdom #21. This year, we have chosen the theme of CHANGE, which has inspired a wonderful collection of submissions ranging from Leroi Jones’ transformation into Amiri Baraka to William S. Burroughs’ shifting approaches to the cut-up method.

Last year, we brought you the biggest issue of Beatdom yet published and this issue will rival that for content. We have a wealth of essays, interviews, reviews, memoirs, and poetry to share.

Here’s what you can expect:

Essays

TitleAuthorSubject
The Many Lives of LeRoi Jones: Race and the Beat GenerationRyan MathewsAmiri Baraka
The Change: Allen Ginsberg, RebornDavid WillsAllen Ginsberg
Make the Change: The Art & Prophecy of William S. BurroughsWestley HeineWilliam Burroughs
An Excess of Meaning ~ Interpretation and the Cut-UpJosh BergaminWilliam Burroughs
Only Tough Guys Shit Themselves in PublicLeon HortonCharles Bukowski
Boxcar Communion: A Narrative Theological Reflection on the Opening Chapter of The Dharma BumsPaul W. JacobJack Kerouac
Violets are BlueVic LarsonPaul Carroll
All Change: The Lives & Arts of Genesis Breyer P-OrridgeMatthew Levi StevensGenesis Breyer P-Orridge

Interviews

Gerald Nicosia interviewed by R.B. MorrisR.B. Morris
Like Father, Unlike Son: An Interview with Juan ThompsonGraham Rae
Turning the Tables: An Interview with Victor BockrisLeon Horton
Translating the Beats: An Interview with Farid GadhamDavid S. Wills

Reviews

Some American Tales by Brenda Frazer Heike Mlakar
Beat Scrapbook ReviewRyan Mathews

Poetry/Memoir

Allen Ginsberg in NebraskaRandy Rhody
The Times, the TimesWeldon Kees
Omnia ExtaresMatt Schultz
Unrecorded Corso Secondhand FlashesMarc Olmsted
A Memory of Gregory Corso John Pratt

As always, our cover has been put together by the weird and wonderful Waylon Bacon:

Pre-Order

Beatdom #21 will go on sale in May, 2021. It will be available through Amazon as a printed and Kindle title. Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, we will again make this issue freely available as a digital journal. We understand that, in difficult times such as these, it can hard for people to afford items like literary journals and we would hate for anyone to miss out.

If you are interested in placing a pre-order for a printed copy of the journal, please e-mail editor [at] beatdom (dot) com.

David S. Wills

David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult and World Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as Traveller. His next book, High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism comes out in November, 2021.

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