Posts tagged ‘charles bukowski’

October 6, 2010

Perverts Wanted

Just kidding… or maybe not. We need artists and we need art about sex. Whether that means something depraved or something tasteful, let us know. We are open-minded.

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October 1, 2010

Beatdom Books

When Beatdom was first published, back in 2007, we founded a little publishing company called “Mauling Press” to print and distribute the magazine. After a while they became known as “City of Recovery Press,” (or CoRP) and that’s the company that still publishes Beatdom.

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September 28, 2010

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Tribute

On October 2nd, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his Beat bookstore and publisher, City Lights, will receive Litquake’s 2010 Barbary Award at Herbst Theater.

The celebration will be attended by Tom Waits,  Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Winona Ryder, Michael McClure and Eric Drooker.

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September 23, 2010

Issue Eight Update

Thanks to everyone who’s thus far contributed to Beatdom’s eighth issue. I know it’s a long time coming, but be patient – it’ll be here in January, and it’ll be better than ever.

The theme of this issue, as you know, if SEX.

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September 18, 2010

5 Tips from the Beats on how to Write Better

Guest post by Ardin Lalui, a writer inspired by Tom Waits and Cormac McCarthy.

While the beats have gained a reputation for spontaneous, free-flowing, unedited writing, the truth is that usually, good writing takes time and practice. The best beat writers were well aware of this. Here are 5 of their tips on how good writing happens:

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September 14, 2010

Substance Use

Last week, in part one of Beatdom’s literary discussion series, we debated the impact of the Beats (and other writers) on “crap writing”. This week we’re looking at a more controversial topic – that of substance use and abuse, and its impact upon the world of literature.

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June 29, 2010

Modern Beat: The Internet and Literary Communities

This was originally published in Beatdom #5 and was written by David S. Wills. You’ll find this and all our old essays on the all new www.beatdom.com.


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May 4, 2010

Tom Waits

In Beatdom #3 we brought you Tom Waits as part of our regular “Modern Beat” section. In celebration of the upcoming “Music” issue, we thought you might like to reread this essay…

Tom Waits is often viewed as an heir to the Beat Generation, and indeed he acknowledges the strong influence the Bets, and in particular Burroughs and Kerouac, have had upon his work. It’s not hard to see in Waits’ work the musical influences of the bop artists held in such importance by the Beats, as well as the lyrical significance of urban, Cold War America, a central tenant of Beat literature.

Elvis Costello quipped that around the release of ‘Swordfishtrombones’ and ‘Raindogs’, Waits shed an image that was entirely built upon the legends of the Beat Generation, and partially on those who influenced the Beats. He called it “this hipster thing he’d taken from Kerouac and Bukowski, and the music was tied to some Beat/ Jazz thing.” Indeed, many remember meeting Waits or even seeing him perform, looking as though he’d just stepped off a freight train, after years of footloose wandering…

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April 29, 2010

Charles Bukowski Exhibition

The Huntington Library in San Marino is set to display its Charles Bukowski collection for the first time, starting October 9th, and running into the start of next year.

The material on display comes from their Bukowski collection, which was donated by his widow, Linda Lee Bukowski. The pair married in 1985.

“Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge” will showcase 60 items from the library’s collection, and another 15 from his widow’s collection. These include typed manuscripts, first editions and photos of Bukowski’s private life.

For more info, please see the Huntington Library website.

April 16, 2010

Bukowski Stamp Update

Despite the petition falling well short of its intended 10,000 supporters, the movement to have Charles Bukowski commemorated on a U.S. postal stamp may just have been resurrected.

Beatdom reported in its old blog that fans of the late L.A.-based writer have attempted to have his image adorn a stamp by gaining 10,000 signatures on a petition. However, the final total came to a mere 1,000 and the project was deemed a loss.

Now, however, it seems that Buk might well make the cut. Richard Schave has received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service (Bukowski’s employer for many, many years, and the subject of his most famous novel, Post Office) that states: “This proposal will be submitted for review before and consideration before the Committee without a specific anniversary date.”

(See the letter here.)