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  1. Otto jr

    Net worth

    Buk wasn’t too far away from his pension in 1970. That could have been what he was holding out for. He says 12 years on that job I believe, so even if his previous 4 years didn’t count towards pension, he was close enough to want to see it through.
  2. Otto jr

    Net worth

    The equivalent of $600k in '69 is surprising. He must have sold his father's house and sat on that money for years. Was he getting advances in '69?
  3. Otto jr

    The senseless, tragic rape of Charles Bukowski’s ghost by John Martin’s Black Sparrow Press

    I think it can be plausibly argued that Like a Dolphin is a far superior, stronger title than Stone Tiger, Frozen Sea. Martin did have his moments of brilliance.
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    The mystery of Jane C. Cooney (Baker)

    "She was a marvelous fuck." -- C. Bukowski In seriousness though, maybe something along the lines of "Beloved Wife of Poet C. Bukowski" Not sure if Linda Lee would appreciate that though.
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    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    As they say in the vintage guitar world: The longer the tale, the harder the sale. As soon as you have to start explaining anomalies to a buyer the price begins to drop. Refin means deduct 50%. Neck repair 50%. Any wood added or removed take off 50%. and most people use that as a rule: they...
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    How did Bukowski work? his Routine?

    My fifth grade teacher was a WWII vet with big hairy arms, as were many of the teachers back then. They didn't fuck around when it came time to teach some petulant asshole to behave like a decent human being. I believe this was good for us. You'd probably disagree, but I wish your generation had...
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    How did Bukowski work? his Routine?

    And our elders thought they had a generation gap with us. You see, son, we all understand that your 10 years of women's studies at the university have made it impossible for you to simply say something as low brow and without nuance as "fuck off'' but back in our day we just had better things...
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    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    Another odd thing, whenever I hear Warren Haynes I hear a modern day Les Paul. Again, is it because I knew he plays those? I don't know. I think I mentioned it way downstream in this thread that I was involved with a Stradivarius demo where violin players were tested to see if they could pick...
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    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    There's a few songs where I can tell that the guitar is a '59 Burst. I'm not sure if its because I already knew or if I can just tell. Tea for One -- Led Zep It Sure Got cold After the Rain Fell -- ZZ Top Jumping at Shadows -- old Fleetwood Mac w/ Peter Green
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    Buk Influences

    Buk liked Cendrars' mangled face, not so much the writing. Buk said if Cendrars wrote like his face it would be better. There's an excellent poem about Cendrars where Buk says this. https://bukowskiforum.com/threads/stump-1-1973-one-for-blaise-cendrars-love-is-a-midget.7224/#post-122852
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    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    Some of those guitars are not considered vintage either way. Old does not equal vintage. A 1973 Strat is old but should not be considered vintage. To me vintage is 1964 and earlier. After the Beatles appearance on Sullivan every kid suddenly wanted to be a guitar player and all the mass...
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    Bukowski on Muhammad Ali?

    What about Cassius Clay? Did Buk ever mention him by this name? I think Buk would be hesitant to use M. A. in his work. That name evokes too many mainstream cliches about the sport, too much baggage. Leon Spinks on the other hand evokes all sorts of dark beautiful imagery with his gap-toothed...
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    Bukowski tattoos

    The thing about being a tattoo "artist" is that you never get to create anything that is meaningful to you. Back in my day it was all Puerto Rican flags, Grim Reapers, Skulls and/or Bugs Bunny smoking a blunt. You have to do what the client asks for and it is a ploddingly dull, remorseless...
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    Bukowski tattoos

    Cry for me. I've got some bad ones. 30 years ago I decided that I, too, could be a tattoo artist. It was taught then that you had to practice on yourself. The rest is history...uh, no...its still there on my leg. I actually got to be good, but its a dull life. I had to quit.
  15. Otto jr

    Manuscripts

    I'm guessing you've already lost your day job. Saying this with humor of course.
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    Manuscripts

    MJP, This place is like the gift that just keeps on giving. Thank you thank you thank you.
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    The mystery of Jane C. Cooney (Baker)

    Remarkably similar story to someone we know...
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    The mystery of Jane C. Cooney (Baker)

    This is one of my favorite threads to check up on. Buk mentioned how many times he and Jane had to come bail each other out of jail. Has anyone ever checked to see if there's a mug shot somewhere in the L.A. county archives? Maybe there's even a Buk mug shot.
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    Grammar in Bukowski books

    Recipe for disaster. Unless you’re Shakespeare’s gifted great great great grandson you’d be better off not trying made up words. Keruoak (and others) tried it and now those passages read like what they were — cute little inner circle-jerk primping of the established writer who’s audience...
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    Grammar in Bukowski books

    Hi Andrea, Welcome to the Buk forum. In Post Office soup = supervisor. His Boss basically. I think Buk used poor grammar even more sparingly than he could have. He nails the vernacular pretty well when writing other character's dialogue. I think he does very well in writing the dialogue of...
  21. Otto jr

    Beethoven Statue in Park

    I have to check Factotum. I know I’ve read this episode elsewhere and written differently, but it seems like it’s always connected to the Philly bar. Life of a Bum mentions the guy called Monk who gets his haircut, gets pushed in front of a bus. Monk is also mentioned elsewhere. Portions of a...
  22. Otto jr

    Beethoven Statue in Park

    Buk mentions in several poems and stories laying in the grass under a statue of Beethoven. The Bee walking with his hands clasped behind his back. This is almost always mentioned in relation to days spent in the bar in Philly. Or mentioned in the numerous tellings of the story with the two...
  23. Otto jr

    Ignis Fatuus, Ferment 6, 1965

    I've always liked this poem, among Buk's finest. I have seen this transcription before with the roman numerals and all caps. There is a typo in the transcription. If you listen to Buk's reading you will hear him read it correctly. My correction as-per Buk below in RED. LET IT BE KNOWN THAT THE...
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    New paintings added

    Has anyone here ever seen the painting as described by Buk in the novel Women as "a wolf fucking a redhead" when he was in Galveston with Joanna Dover tripping on Mescaline?
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    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    A guitar made from the Ark of the Covenant. God uses a wound G.
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