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Today would’ve been Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday. He was born 18th July 1937 and every year on this day his fans around the world like to have a glass of Wild Turkey and celebrate on of the finest journalists and writers to have ever lived.
Beatdom editor David S. Wills penned a tribute to the man that you can find on his personal blog.
People read Beatdom all over the world. As editor, I live in South Korea and communicate with my staff by e-mail and phone. My staff live in America, Britain, France and Cuba. Our freelancers come from even further away.
The people who read Beatdom do so on at least four different continents. They range in age from 13-100. They come from all walks of life, united by their admiration for the art and philosophy of the Beat Generation.
We want to see photos of our readers with their copies of Beatdom.
Here’s Beatdom #5 by Kerouac’s grave:
Here’s Gramps Jones, in Lowell, Ma.
Here’s Beatdom on the desk of Edaurdo Jones, the Voice of the Doomed…
On this day in 1997, Allen Ginsberg died. He was a great poet and wrote right up until his death.
Ginsberg is most famous for his era-defining “Howl,” a poem that is as relevant today as ever. He was the father of the Beats in some ways, despite Burroughs being his senior and Kerouac reluctantly burdened with the title. But Ginsberg was an inspiration and a guide for his contemporaries. He helped them to write and to have their writing read by the world.
Today let us remember the importance of his work and his beliefs. He sought to bring peace and happiness to the world, and freedom to art. Beatdom is committed to helping continue Ginsberg’s legacy.
This issue has a “travel” theme. We have a long essay examining the journeys taken by each member of the Beat generation, as well as special features on Tangier (a Beat travel hotspot!) and the roaming of Hunter S. Thompson.
We have some amazing short stories by Edaurdo Jones, Brin Friesen and Omar Zingaro Bhatia, as well as a special, world-premier of “SISTERS” – a never before seen short story by Alene Lee (Mardou Fox from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road).
Finally, as a lead-in to next month’s “music” special, we have an interview with the legendary British hip-hop star, Scroobius Pip.
Ah, the glamorous world of unpaid internships! It may seem unattractive at the time, but these are invaluable in the grad scheme of things… It’s not easy getting your foot in the door as a writer, artist or editor, but Beatdom has been watching its staff drift on to better things since its inception in 2007.
As a Beatdom intern you will help run our non-profit company along with all our unpaid staff (even the editor doesn’t get paid) with the added benefit of being mentored by the more experienced members of our team.
For more information on this opportunity, please see our website: http://www.beatdom.com/interns.htm
Gregory Corso was born on this day (March 26th) in 1930. He died at age 70 in 2001.
Corso was the youngest of the Beats. He met Allen Ginsberg in a lesbian bar in New York, and entered the New York Beat scene. His Gasoline & The Vestal Lady on Brattle was the eighth publication in the City Lights Poet Series.