Thursday, 20 August 2009

Issue Five

Issue Five is currently in the pipeline... We've signed up two pieces of fiction, and that's about enough for that category. Now we need articles and poetry. And maybe a photo or two.

I have interviews scheduled with several members of the team behind the new movie, 'Howl', starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.

This issue will also need a lot of work on the life of William Burroughs, whose 'Naked Lunch' turns 50 yrs old this year!

It would be nice if we could get more into some literary analysis, following the brilliance of our Issue Four articles.

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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Happy Birthday, Charles Bukowski!

Today would have been Buk's birthday... He'd have been 89 years old...

Let's all knock back a few beers, read a poem or two, and reflect upon the Dirty Old Man's Dirty Old Life.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Beatdom Now


I want to start a second magazine - a sister publication for Beatdom. This has been a goal of mine for a long time, but Beatdom is a cruel mistress. She demands more attention than I can normally afford, and a second magazine might just kill me... But it might just make me, you and our readers all a little happier... It might just make the world a brighter place.

I want to depart from the world of the Beat Generation and focus on the world around us. Beatdom has always claimed to be both a study of the Beat Generation - literary, historical, cultural - but also professed an interest in exploring the world around us through the messages set forth by Ginsberg, Kerouac et al. We've published rants and musings on the modern world, and explored the reincarnations of the Beat Generation, through our new fiction and non-fiction.

And Beatdom will continue to do all that. It's not changing. Issue Five will follow in the style is the first four, and be entirely unaffected by the publication of Beatdom Now.

What I want from Beatdom Now is to take our regular writers and readers, and maybe a little of the style, and simply forget all our heroes. Beatdom is a literary journal. We explore the past. But in Beatdom Now we will take the stylistic teachings, and moral messages, and just be journalists...

That may sound strange, because Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs etc etc were not journalists. In fact, during the heyday of the Beat Generation they weren't even particularly interested in the politics of the world - they wanted to take refuge and carve out a space for themselves.

But we are taking style and morals from the Beats, as well as from Hunter S. Thompson and other late twentieth century writers and artists. I want to publish creative non-fiction that is dedicated to the destruction of injustice, and the dissipation of illusions. I want to read the sort of thing you wouldn't find in all the biased, dumb popular press outlets.

I know Gonzo was a one man genre, and that people look foolish for taking too much inspiration from Thompson's work, but that needn't be the case. Take an intelligent look, and write your own report on the world. Forget drink, drugs and parody; remember truth, skill and sledgehammer vitriol.

Let's change the world with another adventurous assault on the publishing world.

Submissions are now open for Issue One, with no deadline currently given... Find something in this world that makes you sick, and use your words to destroy it.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Jack Kerouac's Estate

I suggest you all Google 'Jack Kerouac Estate' and look at the news...

Thirteen years after the death of his daughter, Jan Kerouac, the estate of Jack Kerouac has finally been liberated from the wrongful ownership of the Sampas family. It was determined by a judge that Gabriel Kerouac's will, which passed control of Kerouac's estate to his third wife, Stella, was forged.

That means that the millions of dollars of revenue, as well as the right to control Kerouac's estate, passes to Paul Blake Jr., Kerouac's nephew and closest living relative.

Jan Kerouac always said that his works should be given to libraries, but the Sampas family had turned down numerous such offers. Now we wait and see what Blake decides to do.