Journal of Beat Studies

Articles from Vol. 3, 2014

Entering the "Gate of Nondualism": Gary Snyder's "On Vulture Peak" and Mahayana Shunyata
In 1956, soon after Gary Snyder left the United States to study Zen Buddhism in Japan, Jack Kerouac, Philip Whalen, and Snyder himself each composed three important multi-section, mid-length American poetic explorations of Mahäyäna Buddhist philosophy:...
Letter from the Editors
We are excited and proud to state that this is the third volume of the Journal of Beat Studies. As many of you no doubt realize, initiating a scholarly journal, especially in the humanities in the early twenty-first century, is a challenge on multiple...
Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the "Weird Cult"
Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the "Weird Cult" David S. Wills (Beatdom Books, 2013).In 1984, I asked William Burroughs, "What is the connection between Dianetics and the cut-ups?" and I have been waiting a long time for someone to explain his...
Text and Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture
Text and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture Simon Warner (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)A comprehensive account of the many connections between the Beat Generation and rock music is long overdue, and the expansive nature of the topic is clear...
The Beats: A Very Short Introduction/The Beat Generation: A Beginner's Guide
The Beats: A Very Short Introductionby David SterrittThe Beat Generation: A Beginner's Guideby Christopher GairShort cut guides clamor for our attention: "10 Easy Ways To Lose Weight," "Five Investments the 1RS Doesn't Want You To Know," "Lower Your...
The St. Louis Clique: Burroughs, Kammerer, and Carr
"The whole thing really begins in St. Louis." That's what Jack Kerouac said in a 1960 interview about the beginnings of what was later known as the "Beat Generation" (Aronowitz). Most accounts of the origin of the Beats focus on the meeting of Kerouac...
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