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DRINKING WITH BUKOWSKI. RECOLLECTIONS OF THE POET LAUREATE OF SKID ROW.

Weizmann, Daniel. (Ed.)

ISBN 10: 1560252626 / ISBN 13: 9781560252627
Published by NY: THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS. 2000, 2000
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: DRINKING WITH BUKOWSKI. RECOLLECTIONS OF THE...

Publisher: NY: THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS. 2000

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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The 20th century's greatest poet was a guy from L.A. called Hank, who talked straight, drank hard, faced truth, and exposed beauty and vulnerability like no other in his place and time. Drinking with Bukowski is a celebration of that utterly original voice featuring contributions from everyone from the women who loved him to the Hollywood cognoscenti who courted him, from writers who admired him and actors who tried to emulate him to the barflies, strippers, gangsters, poets, crazies, and dreamers who knew him: Raymond Carver, Wanda Coleman, Harold Norse, Michael C. Ford, and Paul Vangelisti pay homage and recount the Dionysian days of L.A. poetry; record producer Harvey Robert Kubernik and journalist Barry Miles remember capturing Buk on vinyl for the first time; novelist Steve Abee remembers the early days of L.A.'s underground newspapers - Open City and the L.A. Free Press - Bukowski's early stomping grounds.

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"Alcohol is probably one of the greatest things to arrive upon the earth alongside of me," Bukowski (1920-1994) once said in an interview. While not everyone would agree, few deny that Bukowski casts a long shadow, and the literary community is still processing the fact of his death. L.A. poet and journalist Weizmann has assembled a collection of reprints and never-before-published pieces in honor of "Buk," the postal worker-turned-"cult celeb" whose writing and personage hold unique appeal for artists and non-literati alike. The 35 different voices including famous folks such as Sean Penn, Karen Finley and Raymond Carver give a remarkably coherent, even, at times, redundant portrait of this abusive, alcoholic, egocentric, gifted and sometimes misunderstood literary bad boy. By turns amusing, tiresome, charming, repellant and moving, the collection seems an appropriate tribute to a writer who provokes similarly equivocal feelings. Bukowski might have appreciated, or at least respected, the frankness of many of the contributors. Included are poems by Bukowski's love interest (and mother of his only daughter) FrancEyE, Todd Moore and Raindog; Gerald Locklin's "How to Get Along with Charles Bukowski"; prose by drinking buddy Neeli Cherkovski and onetime girlfriend Linda King; and interviews by Penn and Jean-Fran?ois Duval. Most contributions are thankfully brief and, like their subject, direct. And yet, one can't help wondering if the consistently sympathetic evocations of Bukowski as a thorny individual who suffered deeply from childhood rejection by classmates because of his bad skin, while perhaps providing closure for fans and intimates, might clash with his proclivity for vulgarity and disrespect. (Mar. 1)
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