Beatdom #12 is all about the Beat Generation and CRIME.
Beatdom #12 is the CRIME issue, featuring essays on the criminal history of the central members of the Beat Generation – William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg, as well as stories about Herbert Huncke, the Times Square Hustler.
We have interviews with Patti Smith, Amiri Baraka, and Joyce Johnson, as well as essays on Kerouac’s poetry and the Zen ethic in Beat verse. There is also review of Ann Charters and Samuel Charters’ biography of John Clellon Holmes, Brother-Souls.
We take a detour from the Beats to look at Raymond Chandler’s portrayal of Los Angeles’ mean streets, and continue our exploration of crime in a number of poems and short stories by a mix of familiar and new faces.
Joyce Johnson interview by David Wills
Patti Smith interview by Michael Hendrick
Amiri Baraka interview by Michael Hendrick
Joyce rebuttal by Paul Maher Jnr
Herbert Huncke memoir by Spencer Kansa
John Clellon Holmes e essay by Michael Hendrick
WSB & crime essay by Matthew Levi Stevens
Night Shift by Zeena Schreck
American Zen by Philip Rafferty
Baby American Dream by Charles Lowe
Bear story by Katy Gurin
House of Love by Kat Hollister
Grand Ave by MCD
Apartheid by Holly Guran
Mexico City is Her Graveyard by Jamie McGraw
From Behind Many Hills by Alireza Abiz
Rambo’s Bohemia by Catherine Bull