joan vollmer

The Beat Generation and Mental Hospitals

The 1940s and 50s were difficult years to be non-conformist, and that was doubly true if you were a woman.…

4 years ago

Naked Tea Now on Sale

Philip Willey is one beat motherfucker. His website tells me he was born in England in 1941, but I don't…

7 years ago

On Bitch Magazine’s Response to Joan’s Death

One of our readers, Devin Fahey, recently posted a link to the Beatdom FB page. The link was to a…

7 years ago

The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico

In 1995 a scholar named Jorge Garcia-Robles wrote a long essay about William S. Burroughs’ time in Mexico, partly based…

8 years ago

The Weird Cult: How Scientology Shaped the Writing of William S. Burroughs

Note: This essay inspired the 2013 book, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the 'Weird Cult.' All of the uncertainties in…

10 years ago

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…

12 years ago

Visions of Burroughs

by Steven O'Sullivan It's like a compass. A compass operates on magnetics. People always seem to be in such a…

12 years ago

Naked Lunch on Film: Filming The Unfilmable

by David S. Wills The novel does not obviously lend itself to adaptation for the screen: it has dozens of…

12 years ago

Visions of Vollmer

by David S. Wills In Issue Two of Beatdom, we ran a story about the women of the Beat Generation,…

12 years ago

Women of the Beat Generation

History has not been kind to the women of the Beat Generation. Their presence is largely unknown to most casual…

14 years ago

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