Much thanks to you for keeping this blog active by reading the archives for the past few weeks. Your visits are appreciated. We have been busy with a few things, the least of which is putting the final touches on the soon-to-be-released ninth issue of Beatdom, the Drugs Issue and also the Fourth Anniversary Issue.
We will be moving to a new format which will make owning a copy of your own much easier. This issue has been graced by the work of Rachel Harper, who did the great cover art you see here, as well as a very cool table of contents. Rachel is a very busy Philadelphia artist and we were very fortunate that she took the time from her overwhelming schedule to provide us with such nice images.
Inside, behind the cover, we have some excellent stories and essays by Chuck Taylor, Katy Gurin, David S. Wills, Geetanjali Joshi Mishra and more. As for Yours Truly, we shall have two stories in this issue; one on ‘drugs and creativity’ and another which reviews two Beat-related DVDs, The Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs: A Man Within. This is also out first issue as ‘Editor,’ so we pat ourselves on the back for that and give a ‘tip’o’the’hat’ to David S. Wills for the honor. David started Beatdom four years ago, at age twenty…no mean feat. Since then, he has made the Beatdom name familiar around the world by
This is the ‘Drugs’ issue, so do not be surprised if you hyperventilate while reading it. We are just tying up loose ends and will send out a shout when it is ready for sale. We also have been working on tee shirts using the cover art. Get your order in early if you want one of those.
Another thing which kept us from the blogosphere was Zoning…no, not the type of zoning that we are known for here at CFYSA. Zoning is the new novel by Spencer Kansa, which will be released by Beatdom Books in July. William S. Burroughs, a mentor of Kansa, read it and noted that it ‘reads like an urban Celine’. Fans of Burroughs will enjoy the wild ride that Zoning takes them on, stretching time and space in a fantastic tale of two earthlings bound for no good. Fans are lining up in Scotland already to get a copy. We have been busy with the reading and editing and all those attendant duties and look forward to both the launch of Beatdom Books and Zoning.
Beatdom Books will also be publishing The Dog Farm, the much-awaited, sometimes acrimonious memoir of life in the armpit of South Korea, by David S. Wills. Having read it a few times, we must admit to enjoying it more with each read. Again, we will tell you when it is available. It is a tale of the Beat road of today.
Pardon us fro the brevity of this blog…we apologize for our absence and hope to be back on our schedule and amusing you all a few times a week, as we get nack to business as usual.
We thank you again and it is good to be back!!!