Posts tagged ‘edaurdo jones’

June 21, 2010

Quick Update

I’ve been busy getting issue seven ready these past few weeks, and cconsequently haven’t been updating this blog as much as I’d like. Hopefully that will change after the release, which is scheduled for next month.

The Beatdom Facebook page is doing well. I’m always happy to see people participating. This isn’t the sort of magazine I want people just to read… I want you all to feel like part of the Beatdom family. I know that sounds silly and cheesy… but there you go. It’s true.

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April 26, 2010

The Ostrich: An Edaurdo Jones Poster

A while ago, Mr. Jones asked me to make him a poster for distribution across the continental United States. It’s tough to get a man’s words onto a small sheet of paper and still do him justice. It’s even tougher when you’re still a Photoshop amateur… But here’s what I came up with…

The Ostrich

April 13, 2010

Crushing Kerouac

It recently came to our attention here at Beatdom that our very own Edaurdo Jones’s grandfather (whom we all call “Gramps Jones”) once played High school football against Jack Kerouac.

Naturally, we got Gramps to sit down and answer some questions about playing football against one of America’s most influential authors.

So is it true you played High school football against Jack Kerouac?

It sure is.

Do you think you could tell us about it?

It’s been many years since I took to the gridiron against Jack “Twinkle Toes” Kerouac on a blistering cold November day in 1937… but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was the starting quarterback for Punchard High in Andover, Massachusetts, and old Twinkle Toes played half back for Lowell High school. I remember the wind was blowing 50 MPH in both directions that day as we took the field to do battle like gladiators in the golden autumn sun.

They called me Billy Banana back in those days – due to the fact I’d slip past the defense men like a banana peel on a freshly waxed floor. Lowell’s defense might as well have been cooking French fries with boxing gloves on during this game. They’d zig and I’d zag in the pocket. I remember hurling a 99 yard hail Mary straight into “Sticky hands” Lynch’s numbers just before half time, tying the game at 49-49. I ran 5 of the 7 touchdown we scored myself through the 3 feet of snow that had fallen on the field in a freak blizzard that struck the area that day.

They didn’t call the game on account of snow?

Jesus no! We were real men in those days. We didn’t have all those pansy pads and stuff they wear nowadays. All we had was a leather helmet to keep our brains from flying out our ears if we got hit too hard. Snow was nothing to us.

Could you tell us little bit about Kerouac on the field.

Old Twinkle toes was a thing of beauty on the field. He’d bound over tacklers like a mountain goat. He was like a runaway locomotive once he got some momentum. He was dirty bastard in the bottom of the dog pile though. He once bit a linebacker right in the family jewels, fighting over the pigskin in the bottom of the pile. He was always gauging eyes and throwing kidney punches or giving somebody fish hooks.

That’s rather unsportsman-like conduct.

Maybe to a generation of panty wastes like you. But to real men that’s the way you play in the bottom of the pile. Victory by any means!

So you didn’t mind Kerouac’s dirty tactics?

Hell no! We respected him more for it!

I’m finding it kind of hard to believe Kerouac was such a viscous menace after reading his books.

He was a beast and a man’s man until he moved to NYC and linked up with that goddamn no-good Beatnik Allen whatever-the-hell-his-name-is and he started filling his head up with that love, peace and happiness crapola!

Let’s get back to the game. Who ended up winning?

We did, of course! Old Twinkle Toes played a good game but he was no match for us. Final score was 125-121.

Isn’t that kind of a high score for a football game?

Not when real men are playing, and not some sissy boys running around with 50 pounds of protective gear!

April 11, 2010

Beatdom #6

Beatdom always looks cool as a downloadable pdf file… and what’s more, it’s free.

But to really appreciate Beatdom’s high-quality artwork you have to see a printed copy. Take a look at these pages from “LSD 25000” by Edaurdo Jones, with illustrations by Mark Reusch:

April 7, 2010

Beatdom On the Road

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

March 30, 2010

Looking for Interns

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

March 26, 2010

Issue Five: Inside and Out

Here’s a nice collage of Beatdom #5 by illustrator Isaac Bonan.

March 15, 2010

Letter from the Editor

Dear All,

The idea for Beatdom’s travel themed sixth issue first appeared about a year ago. I had been travelling a lot and trying my hand at travel writing. Everywhere I went I read a few travel guides first, and everywhere I went I found the place was completely unexpected. The guides may have had all the right names, times and prices, but they didn’t have the soul of the place. Even the photos often failed to capture what a destination was actually like.

But every now and then I’d go somewhere and it would feel familiar. I went to Big Sur and remember passages of Kerouac’s classic, and San Francisco I found myself recalling the great poets and musicians who’d described it.

It occurred to me that the best kind of travel writing doesn’t concern itself with facts and figures. It comes from the experiences and spirit of travel. The best travel writers tell you what they felt, and I believe that gives a far greater pictures of a location than any traditional approach that you might find in a Lonely Planet Guide, or in a pamphlet you pick up at the airport.

I began thinking about starting a travel magazine, featuring only the best travel writing. I wanted my writers to take their inspiration from Kerouac and Whitman and to write from the heart. The magazine was going to be called Beatdom Travel.

After a while I realized a single issue of Beatdom could achieve the same goal. Perhaps it could even take subjects like music and war and politics and do the same. That way, the readers and writers ofBeatdom could explore the world around together, and contemplate its significance in relation to the Beat Generation.

And so we have this, the first themed issue of Beatdom. Inside you’ll find articles about travel in the modern world, and in the world of the Beats. You’ll find essays about their influences and the influence they’ve had upon the world.

After this, we’ll tackle the subject of music in Beatdom #7, and continue taking subjects and exploring them through a Beat vision.

Issue Six is not just a travel issue. We are incredibly honoured to present to the world an essay about Alene Lee, written by her daughter, Christina Diamente. Christina read Steven O’Sullivan’s essay about her mother in Issue Four and felt the Beatdom was the right publication to finally reveal the truth about the woman most know as Mardou Fox from Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans.

Christina has also collected some examples of her mother’s unpublished writings, and has written short explanations of each one. But perhaps of greatest interest to Beat readers is “Sisters,” a short memoir written by Alene Lee, whose writing has never before been published.

As always we’re proud to present a piece of frantic prose by our art director Edaurdo Jones, and poetry by one of the world’s finest living poets, Kyle Chase. Both these authors have books pending release by City of Recovery Press.

Yours on the road

David S. Wills

Editor

February 15, 2010

From the Desk of Edaurdo Jones

Thanks to our Art Director, Mr. Edaurdo Jones, for this photo… If anyone else has a photo of Beatdom at their cluttered desk, I’d love to see it.