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The Best Beat Generation Letter Collections

The writers of the Beat Generation were not just great at composing poems or producing genre-smashing novels. They were also…

4 years ago

Joan Anderson Letter Goes to Auction… Again

In 2014, the world of Beat Studies was rocked by the discovery of the Joan Anderson letter. Believed lost at…

4 years ago

The Joan Anderson Letter Goes to Auction

Almost two years ago the world of Beat studies was rocked by the discovery of a seemingly lost piece of…

5 years ago

My Favorite Playmate: A Daughter’s Loving Tribute to Neal Cassady

“He looks so old!” was my first thought as the hospital elevator doors parted, revealing my dad.  I was aghast…

5 years ago

Reconsidering Jack Kerouac a Half-Century Later

Not many prose writers alive (Céline, Genet, a few others) would dare the freedom and intelligence to trust their own…

6 years ago

At the End of the Road: Jack Kerouac in Mexico

In 2013 I was asked to review a book called The Stray Bullet, about William S. Burroughs’ years in Mexico.…

6 years ago

Reconsidering the Importance of the Joan Anderson Letter

It’s been an exciting few years for fans of the Beat Generation. Since Beatdom was founded, we have seen the…

6 years ago

Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” Finally Found

"It was the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better'n anybody in America, or at least enough to make…

6 years ago

The Greatest Road Movie Never Made

  Brando should have played Dean; Jack’s 1957 letter to Marlon asking him to buy the film rights to On…

7 years ago

Why Can’t They Get It?

By Neil Reddy Originally published in Beatdom #14   There are two questions that have to be asked about Beat…

7 years ago

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