The Beat Generation

The Haunted Life and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac

Paul Maher Jr. considers Kerouac’s Haunted Life

The Haunted Life and Other Writings / Da Capo Press / March 11, 2014 / 208 pp. Seventy years ago, in May 1944, Jack Kerouac toiled over a novella-length work set in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was written at the prompting of his two newest friends, the … [read more...]

Allen Ginsberg / William Blake  Songs of Innocence and Experience

Aural Dialectics: On Allen Ginsberg’s Musical Rendition of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1789) is a collection of illuminated poems separated into two groupings, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, that engage with their respective, eponymous forces and ostensibly present them as a … [read more...]

Paul Bowles (detail). Photo by Birgit Stephenson

Calling on Paul Bowles: Tangier, Morocco, August 1979

Calling on Paul Bowles Tangier, Morocco, August 1979 ”There it is,” someone says, and in the darkness, in the distance, you can see Tangier sprawled across several hills, a white city illuminated by electric lights and veiled by a thin fog. … [read more...]




Revenge of the Imagist Socialist Poetry

We are the revenge of all oppressed, despised, ignored, exploited, beaten, insulted, neglected, abused, molested humans in the world as being fighters for their rights with our poems and essays. We are the revenge of the Poetry Art and we are fighting … [read more...]

Alex Preston - In Love and War

Book Review – Alex Preston’s In Love and War.

In Love and War is the third novel from Alex Preston, following 2010's This Bleeding City – which won The Edinburgh International Book Festival Readers’ First Book Award, and was chosen as one of Waterstones’ New Voices of 2010 – and its follow-up, The … [read more...]

Andy Kaufman Still Alive?

Is Andy Kaufman Still Alive? The Evidence

My name is Jack Bristow -- AKA, the guy who was interviewed by the Huffington Post about Andy Kaufman being alive and well in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Though the interview took place 2013, May 15, I am still tweeted and e-mailed all kinds of questions to … [read more...]


Book Collecting

On the Road / Prendio2 / Flickr

For collectors: where and how to buy Beat Generation books (and others)

We've gathered together booksellers, publishers, and other services for book book collectors of all stripes. Please get in touch if you'd like to suggest a resource for this list. Booksellers - Beat, small press & poetry Beat booksellers The … [read more...]



5 O'Clock Shadow by Katherine Jeanne Wood

Seven paintings by Katherine Jeanne Wood

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Hush Now Little Baby (detail) - Adrian Jugaru

Six collages by Adrian Jugaru

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Parts of Speech (detail) by Hoop & Stick

A One-Sided Knife Fight: Collages by Hoop & Stick

Artist's statement: "Everything is Collage." You - Your Mom - This Statement Your Ideas - Your Entire Worldview - Society The Universe Itself. Just as quarks come together to form atoms - to form molecules - to form complex structures - to form … [Read More...]

Crow Fly by Ricker Winsor

Cities of the Imagination

Artist's statement: I am hitting my stride after a long process of learning how to paint my way, growing beyond the obvious influences and entering my own world. These city paintings of the imagination do what I want them to do: free my imagination, … [Read More...]



Bukowski - Neal Cassady

Two new poems by Jack Leaf Willetts

Letter to Charles Bukowski No I don’t want to be a goddamn writer for the most part I wish I were a carpenter or a mechanic I wish I had a skill that folks could use I wish I had a job that paid the bills I wish I did something that folks might … [Read More...]


5 Poems by Gloria Avner

YOKO AND THE NAKED BOTTOMS I was recruited by a friend in London 1967 a publisher of first edition American poetry a friend of Tony’s her husband (before John) to be in Yoko Ono’s movie she needed asses battalions of bare buttocks the … [Read More...]



International Times launch party flyer and debut issue / image credit:

London 1966: I.T., the Camel, and a Song Named Me

The camel’s unexpected appearance saved me. The raggedy texture of his fur, his massiveness, and his breath were all undeniably real, no matter how bizarre the setting and cast of characters. Snaking black power cords connecting reporters to brilliant … [Read More...]

Writing & Publishing

How to find reviewers for your self-published book

10 places to find reviewers for your self-published book

Self-publishing is a great way to get your book into the world. But when you self-publish, you take on all the responsibilities that a traditional publisher usually would, including marketing the book, soliciting reviews, sending out review copies, and … [Read More...]