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The Beat Generation and Travel

Beatdom #6 is coming along nicely, and we’re all set for an April 2nd release. In this issue you’ll see a whole lot about travelling. We also have unpublished work by Alene Lee, and some poetry and fiction by old Beatdom favourites.

Just to whet you appetite, here’s a sample from Issue Six: an essay exploring where the Beats travelled and what they thought about travel, by Beatdom editor David S. Wills. This essay looks at the journeys taken by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Harold Norse and Bob Kaufman.

We often look to Jack Kerouac as the great backpacker, whose On the Road is credited with sending thousands of readers literally on the road… but he certainly wasn’t the perpetual traveller many think, and the other members of the Beat Generation – whom are less well known for their journeys – travelled far more.

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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