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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:

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

the cover for the next issue of beatdom, featuring a 6,000 word “essay” (it’s practically a fucking book) by yours truly. 
i have a horrible feeling it’s going to turn into another damn book… 

the cover for the next issue of beatdom, featuring a 6,000 word “essay” (it’s practically a fucking book) by yours truly. 

i have a horrible feeling it’s going to turn into another damn book… 

Reblogged from Beatdom

American Mutants Spawned in the Bunker

beatdom:

Frames of Burroughs from Olmsted's movie

Allen Ginsberg invited me to see William S. Burroughs in January 1977, when I was visiting NYC. As you may know, Burroughs’ residence at 222 Bowery was nicknamed The Bunker. It was a converted YMCA, with literally no windows and a shiny steel door. The walls were painted white with tiny minimalist art, like that of his old colleague Brion Gysin’s.

I thought it was definitely a great space and safe shelter, then and now. Various young people were hanging out with Bill at a big table like you’d see in a conference room, like James Grauerholz, his longtime secretary and then-platonic companion. Burroughs was extremely gregarious in this environment – a few drinks in him and some weed, and he became a hilarious story teller.

I told Burroughs that I had a dream about him where his face was covered with tattoos like Quequeg in Moby Dick, and was wearing a Hawaiian shirt like Hunter S. Thompson, and also looked like Thompson, which was not a stretch. In the dream, he told me he was a master of Peruvian magic. Burroughs didn’t seem to like the Thompson part, scowling slightly as I told it, but then leaned forward and said, “I am a master of Peruvian magic, my dear.”

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this story comes from marc olmsted’s forthcoming book, Don’t Hesitate: Knowing Allen Ginsberg ‘72 Thru ‘97, which was edited by this handsome motherfucker right here, and was included in the last issue of Beatdom.

Call for Submissions: Beatdom #15 | Beatdom

beatdom:

It’s that time again. Time to get your submissions ready for the next issue of Beatdom. The theme is WAR, so there’s plenty to contemplate. After all, the Beats rose out of WWII, and transformed into the Hippies with the coming of the Vietnam War. Intergalactic war dominated the work of William S. Burroughs, and protesting war came to define Allen Ginsberg’s public persona. 

See the link for more details, and please share widely. Our last issue was HUGE and this one should be even better…. 

war.

huh.

yeah.

what is it good for?

…well, the theme of the next issue of beatdom.

also, it never hurt literature. 

Reblogged from Beatdom

great.
my collection of short stories, called 6 Stories (on account of it containing six stories), is apparently popular among readers of the book, The Vagina Buffet. 
i seem to recall this having happened before, only with another book whose title contains the female genitalia. 

great.

my collection of short stories, called 6 Stories (on account of it containing six stories), is apparently popular among readers of the book, The Vagina Buffet

i seem to recall this having happened before, only with another book whose title contains the female genitalia.