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  1. number6horse

    Tin House Ends Its 20 Year Run

    They received a nice send-off from the New York Times the other day
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    What Are You Reading?

    For the last year, I've slacked off from reading novels and short stories. A subscription to The New Yorker was to blame for that. That's a publication that hits you with so much good writing every week, it's hard to find time for other reading. But I found time here and there. I re-read...
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    The Bukowski Richmond Letters

    "Steve, that I've gotten a couple of books published has nothing to do with it. I could now get broad and easy imagining that I have scope or some damn thing. it won't work." "You got bugs working in you. Congradulations. and I've got to stop crying about my age and my hard luck." Modesty...
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    Another "Bukowski Drank Here" Claim

    And for all I know, it may be true? The "bar in Philly", Musso & Franks, and the Santa Anita racetrack bar(s) get the most mention it seems. According to their Facebook page, you can still get a Budweiser draft for 3 dollars. That's not bad for Hollywood Blvd., no? Literary Bars and Cafes...
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    Joe Frank has died

    I clicked on this hoping that the 70's musical group of douche-bags with the biggest Elvis "soundalike" front-man ever had lost one of their own. But no - the Grim Reaper took the wrong fucking Joe Frank. And I've known of his rep as a storyteller but never got around to actually checking him...
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    What are you listening to? The world really needs to know. #7

    Two songs from the same EP that shows a nice versatility within this Chicago-based band. Sorry but no video of these songs up yet: The Localvores: https://thelocalvores.bandcamp.com/track/sweet-chollie https://thelocalvores.bandcamp.com/track/sunrise
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    Cat Person

    I read it and had the exact same reaction. My theory here is that they lowered their standards on purpose because the story's themes of male/female power dynamics, sexual harassment, etc., are too good not to fire up the blogosphere these days and get that title The New Yorker in front of a lot...
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    A Brief Bookbinder Profile

    This article is almost a year old so I apologize if someone else beat me to posting it here. From LitHub(dot)com: "The Last Bookbinder On The Lower East Side"
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    Joe Rogan Podcast, anyone?

    I like most of what I've heard so far (Dorian Yates, Dan Carlin, Sebastian Junger). Rogan does more listening than talking, which makes him the rare actor/comic who's NOT all about himself. The time frame is a challenge and I'm taking 2 or 3 days to get through one episode. But that's kind of...
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    Joe Rogan Podcast, anyone?

    I didn't hear of this podcast until the past week when Sturgill Simpson was asked about it during his Facebook Live stream. He said Rogan was a good guy with an entertaining show, but their mistake was meeting an hour beforehand, shooting a game of pool, smoking some "California Mad Scientist"...
  11. number6horse

    What Are You Reading?

    Do it. It's difficult and I freely admit that most of the jokes,references and symbolism went over my head, but I don't regret it. Hell, there's always Cliffs Notes. It's Joyce's sheer love of language and his firepower with imagery that cut through all the academic hoo-ha for me. And Molly's...
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    What are you drinking?

    I've kind of lost my enthusiasm for beer and ale over the last year or two. For much of 2016, I was unemployed or marginally employed and couldn't afford the microbrews or imports I had come to love. But I couldn't stand to return to the Old Style or Hamm's of my impoverished youth any more than...
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    What are you listening to? The world really needs to know. #7

    Sounds like you were enthusiastically embracing the coming CD era ? If so, I salute you. I held on to all my vinyl for no good reason until the mid-2000's. Put the record collection and turntable out in the alley for the neighborhood hipsters. I hope they enjoyed the K-Tel Hits collections and...
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    Outgrowing Bukowski

    My love for Bukowski hasn't faded as I've grown older (soon to be 55) but it has taken a few downswings in enthusiasm here and there. And those were always my fault because I am definitely a binge-reader and have never learned to say "enough". Maybe at 65...
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    all things baseball. if you swing that way

    Hmmm... turns out it wasn't a dream.
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    all things baseball. if you swing that way

    Game 1 of the NLCS is tomorrow night. Front row seats behind home plate are going for a mere $1200 - $1500 dollars apiece. Such a deal. And this year's team is actually good enough to go all the way. The shortstop has quick hands at least....
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    What makes you put down a book? (And the problem with translation)

    I recently abandoned "Fates and Furies" by Lauren Groff for a reason I didn't see coming. I was about halfway through the book when I realized the author despised her two main characters and seemed poised to make a giant train wreck of their marriage not for literary purposes but just for the...
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    Books that fly off the shelves at used book stores

    I've seen an Ecco collection or two in the used book stores. But do those really count ?
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    Prince is dead...

    Not completely shocking to me if only because he was in the news last week because of his health. His plane was forced to land in the Quad Cities area (a delightful cultural oasis on the border of Illinois/Iowa). He was treated for the flu and then was released shortly afterward. That story...
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    Divorce summons

    U.S. Government legalese was slow to change and not even pretty to begin with. They were bureaucrats then and now without regard for style points. It might have been a carryover from the telegraph age ?
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