If you haven’t already seen it, take a look at the European Beat Studies Network (ESBN) – a guide to some of the people studying the Beat Generation. The project is still in its infancy, but looks promising.
On my recent travels through Asia I have been reading Barry Miles’ biography of Allen Ginsberg, and for some reason I’ve been pondering the meaning of the word “Beat” and of the very definition of “Beat Generation.” It’s something I did back when I began Beatdom and wanted to explain what Beatdom was and meant and yet in recent years I’ve just come to ignore these questions.
Beatdom is expensive. That’s something that cannot be denied, and up until now it has been something that cannot be helped. Each of our eight issues has cost upwards of $20 and that is simply because we are a small, independent publisher. We try and provide quality writing and art, as well as giving away free downloads of the magazine through our website, in order to make amens for the cost of each issue.
Review by Arthur S. Nusbaum
Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums was first published in the immediate wake of the sensation of On the Road the previous year. It is based on Kerouac & canonical Beat poet Gary Snyder’s real-life quests & adventures, more focused & reflective (& literally uphill) under Snyder’s influence than the frantic chases back & forth across the continent with Neal Cassady that inspired & were recounted in OtR.