As regular readers will know, last month my latest book was published: World Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as Traveller. Today, my mum sent me this:
“Scottish book of the week”? I like the sound of that…
I also edited the latest edition of Beatdom literary journal, which was published a few days ago. Today I checked Amazon and saw that it was listed as No.1 for Literary Criticism Reference. It’s a small category, but still… I was delighted.
A few days ago, I published an interview with Casey Rae about his forthcoming book on William S. Burroughs. You can read that here. I have reviewed the book for another journal, although I have no idea when that will be published. Probably closer to the actual book’s publication date.
Speaking of Burroughs, my own book has gone through a bit of a resurgence of interest (perhaps the result of being excerpted at Tony Ortega’s website) and is selling very well once again. It got a new review a few days ago from a former Scientologist.
Finally, I was interview by Jon Faia for this website. I mostly talk about the Beat Generation and being a writer.
I am terrible at self-promotional stuff, and I forgot to post the cover of my forthcoming book here.
The book is called World Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as Traveller, and it is essentially a biography of the poet told through the prism of travel.
I’ve written a few things over at Beatdom about Ginsberg’s travels. You can also pre-order the book there (and find out a little more info about it).
Several years ago, I wrote a book called Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’. It’s pretty well-reviewed on Amazon, Goodreads, and elsewhere. You can buy it on Amazon and through any decent bookstore, and it’s available for download on your Kindle.
This past year I’ve been investing in cryptocurrencies and I’ve found it a very exciting development in technology and economics. So I figured, “Hey, why don’t you sell your book for bitcoin?”
So I did. You can
click this link, stick in your address, send me some bitcoins, and I’ll send you a copy of the book. Easy! [e-mail me if you still want to buy this way]
(The price equates to US$16.00, the same as on Amazon.)
I mostly use this blog for travel and photography, but I’m sure that my followers know I also do a spot of literary work. Over at www.beatdom.com, you’ll find me musing the Beat Generation. Beatdom is a literary journal that mostly publishes essays about the Beats (and related artists) but also runs the occasional poem or short story.
Last month, Beatdom turned ten years old. We celebrated by publishing our eighteenth issue. I can hardly believe that it’s been a full decade… for a small literary journal, that’s a hell of an achievement.
In 2010, I think, we grew from just publishing the literary journal into being a publishing company that puts out books about the Beats. At the beginning of May, we released Beat Transnationalism by John Tytell, and we have another two books set for release this year. (I’m also working on a book about Allen Ginsberg, which I expect to finish in 2018.)
I devote most of my time these days to teaching, with any spare time set aside for Beatdom; however, over the past year I’ve been reading into Aldous Huxley, and I wrote this short article about his interest in Scientology. As Tony Ortega astutely noted, it seems I’m developing my own bizarre area of literary studies. A couple of years ago, I wrote a book about William S. Burroughs’ interest in Scientology.
To date, all the posts on this website have been travel-related. This one bucks that trend in that it’s about a journal which I recently published. For nine years I’ve been editing Beatdom literary journal and we just put out our seventeenth issue last week. It is, as always, about the men and women of the Beat Generation (this time around it’s more focused on the women) and the theme for this issue is politics – meaning that all the essays relate in some way to both Beat literature and political thought.
Here’s the cover:
This cool cover was designed by Waylon Bacon, who has drawn many of our previous covers. Check out his website here. You can find Beatdom #17 on Amazon as a regular printed book and also on Kindle.
Below you can see the covers of all our previous issues. Most of these titles can be found on Amazon. A few of them, however, have sadly been lost over the years and only occasionally pop up on eBay and elsewhere.
My company, Beatdom Books, which prints Beatdom literary journal, also publishes books. We recently put out Eliot Katz’s The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg and prior to that we’ve released another of books focused on the Beat Generation, including my own Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult.’ You can see our Beat covers below: All these books can also be found by searching “Beatdom” on Amazon.