Beatdom

Beatdom is a literary journal inspired by the Beat Generation. We publish essays about the Beats, as well as short fiction and poetry inspired by their work. If that sounds a little limiting to you, fear not. We take "Beat" to mean a wide range of things.
Congratulations to Beatdom Books author, Tony R. Rodriguez, who had an awesome book release party at Harvelles in Santa Monica for his novel, Under These Stars.

Congratulations to Beatdom Books author, Tony R. Rodriguez, who had an awesome book release party at Harvelles in Santa Monica for his novel, Under These Stars.

Beatdom #15 is finally on sale! You can now buy it for the very reasonable price of $8.99 on Amazon. 
This issue is all about WAR. People think of the Beats as post-war, entirely separate and disinterested. But we disagree. In this issue we explore the relationship between the Beats and war, from Kerouac and Ginsberg in the navy, to Burroughs’ intergalactic battles, to the influence of postmemory, the British Beat movement as growing out of WWII, and we also talk to (Colonel) Gordon Ball about Allen Ginsberg teaching in the U.S. Army. 
Here’s a sneak peak at the contents: 

Essays
The Beat Generation at War – David S. Wills
War all the Time – Neil Reddy
War Upon War – Katie Stewart
Everything Changed After the War – GK Stritch
Borne Out of War – Philip Willey
Blood and Black Power on the Streets of Chicago – Pat Thomas
Howl of the Abject – Pamela Kidd

Poetry
The Pickle Shelves – Holly Day
Cold September Air – Marc Olmsted
Morning on my Island in these Times of War – Chris Astwood
GodCop – AD Hitchen
Taxes – Brian Kuhr

Fiction
Blood Drive – Michael Lund
Fringe – Larry Duthie

Interviews and Reviews
Gordon Ball Interview – David S. Wills
The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs – David S. Wills

 

Beatdom #15 is finally on sale! You can now buy it for the very reasonable price of $8.99 on Amazon. 

This issue is all about WAR. People think of the Beats as post-war, entirely separate and disinterested. But we disagree. In this issue we explore the relationship between the Beats and war, from Kerouac and Ginsberg in the navy, to Burroughs’ intergalactic battles, to the influence of postmemory, the British Beat movement as growing out of WWII, and we also talk to (Colonel) Gordon Ball about Allen Ginsberg teaching in the U.S. Army. 

Here’s a sneak peak at the contents: 

Essays

The Beat Generation at War – David S. Wills

War all the Time – Neil Reddy

War Upon War – Katie Stewart

Everything Changed After the War – GK Stritch

Borne Out of War – Philip Willey

Blood and Black Power on the Streets of Chicago – Pat Thomas

Howl of the Abject – Pamela Kidd

Poetry

The Pickle Shelves – Holly Day

Cold September Air – Marc Olmsted

Morning on my Island in these Times of War – Chris Astwood

GodCop – AD Hitchen

Taxes – Brian Kuhr

Fiction

Blood Drive – Michael Lund

Fringe – Larry Duthie

Interviews and Reviews

Gordon Ball Interview – David S. Wills

The Magical Universe of William S. Burroughs – David S. Wills

 

Because it is read sequentially, there is no way to effectively portray simultaneous events in writing. But that’s the whole point of painting: multiple points of view can be simultaneously presented. One expands the area of awareness, and one seeks new frontiers in randomness. A shot gun blast produces explosions of color that approach this basic randomness.

—William S. Burroughs, “Painting & Guns”

davidswills:

burroughs’ queer was also released in china in march. the cover is also… interesting. the title is a transliteration of “queer” - “ku’er”. 

davidswills:

burroughs’ queer was also released in china in march. the cover is also… interesting. the title is a transliteration of “queer” - “ku’er”. 

davidswills:

jack kerouac’s novel, tristessa, was released in march. the cover is pretty cool.
this is the fourth kerouac novel translated into chinese in the past year and a half. see more covers here.

In the past year and a half, there have been FIVE Kerouac novels translated into Chinese. Most of them don’t have interesting cover art, sadly, but it’s cool to see interest growing. 

davidswills:

jack kerouac’s novel, tristessa, was released in march. the cover is pretty cool.

this is the fourth kerouac novel translated into chinese in the past year and a half. see more covers here.

In the past year and a half, there have been FIVE Kerouac novels translated into Chinese. Most of them don’t have interesting cover art, sadly, but it’s cool to see interest growing. 

The Beatdom Summer Sale lasts for another 48 hrs. Get all of these issues (Beatdom 11-14) for only $6.99 each. 

Buying one of these books makes you 150% more attractive, 10% taller, and 225% more intelligent. It also makes your car faster, improves your love life, and has been shown to cause immortality in clinical studies.
Go buy them all and make your life as awesome as it can be.
(Note: The Beat Interviews goes on sale 1st September. E-mail the editor for pre-order details.)

Buying one of these books makes you 150% more attractive, 10% taller, and 225% more intelligent. It also makes your car faster, improves your love life, and has been shown to cause immortality in clinical studies.

Go buy them all and make your life as awesome as it can be.

(Note: The Beat Interviews goes on sale 1st September. E-mail the editor for pre-order details.)

Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s tears shampoo his beard
Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s lips tighten and thin
Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s hosed down in a barn
Neal Cassady drops dead
And Allen Ginsberg’s howl becomes a growl

Coming later in 2014 is this fantastic anthology of surrealist and cut-up texts, featuring contributions from William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Charles Plymell, Claude Pelieu, and Mary Beach. 
Read our review on beatdom.com

Coming later in 2014 is this fantastic anthology of surrealist and cut-up texts, featuring contributions from William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Charles Plymell, Claude Pelieu, and Mary Beach. 

Read our review on beatdom.com