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Charles Bukowski: Odes to Los Angeles

man mowing the lawn across the way from me
don’t you see the young girls walking down the sidewalks now
with knives in their purses?

June 19, 2020 · 3 Comments

Jason Baldinger: Résumé

apparently just to live
just to experience life
is not an acceptable trade

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: The Story of Autumn House Press (1998-2020)

Most literary presses fade away when the founder leaves, so I cannot tell you how much it thrills me that AHP continues into the second generation.

January 5, 2020 · 8 Comments

Video: Charles Bukowski’s Crappy Life

. “I’m such a spoiled old toad … I was blessed with a crappy life.” — Charles Bukowski in 1993 One afternoon, Bukowski sat down to record the audio version … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Tom Waits reads “Nirvana” by Charles Bukowski

This gentle poem shows a rarely seen lyrical side to both Bukowski and Waits. Photo Feb. 2, 1989 Ellen Jaskol/LA Times.     

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Tom Waits recites “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski

Tom Waits said that Charles Bukowski “seemed to be a writer of the common people and street people, looking in the dark corners where no one seems to want to … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Charles Bukowski’s letter to the man who inspired him to quit his soul-sucking day job to become a writer

In 1969, the year before his fiftieth birthday, Charles Bukowski caught the attention of Black Sparrow Press publisher John Martin, who offered Buk a monthly stipend of $100 to quit … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

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