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  1. CarversDog

    Just finished Pulp

    In my estimation, "Pulp" is simply a meditation on death and its inevitability with some dark and low-brow humor throw in. Socratease's comment referenced by Roni is also spot on. I often wonder if it wouldn't work better in a graphic novel revival.
  2. CarversDog

    The Continual Condition (pre-publication)

    I just requested an ARC through my editor. Lots of interesting stuff coming out in the fall: a posthumous Updike poetry collection that I'm looking forward to, for one, as well as a new Bolano title (the executor of Bolano's estate just announced yesterday that they located a sixth book of "2666").
  3. CarversDog

    What are you drinking?

    Busch. Vicodin. One glass of Gallo white zinf. Two bowls of greeen, and .....
  4. CarversDog

    It's Finally Here ... "Mr. Bukowski's Wild Ride"

    We are very pleased with that review, Kurt, very pleased indeed. I don't think we can aspire to anything better'n that, although we have picked up a number of requests for review copies in the last few weeks so we'll see; thanks for the nod.
  5. CarversDog

    "Winter" by Homeless Mind

    All with sponges and knives, huh? Impressive. I particularly like the Four Seasons series.
  6. CarversDog

    writers I love that Bukowski would hate

    On some levels I guess the point is moot because Bukowski wrote that he knew "nothing about literature" outside of what he personally liked and found relative to him; with that much said, the book I'm currently reviewing, the long-unpublished collaboration between Burroughs and Kerouac, "And the...
  7. CarversDog

    Bukowski's Relevance in an Economic Downturn

    Solution? Or absolution?
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    Bukowski's Relevance in an Economic Downturn

    It's the only thing I can figure too; there's no other logical reason to see an uptick in Bukowski search strings, no increased awareness of Buk due to a recently-released film or book, and the searches are coming from a vast array of geographic areas so college and high school curriculum...
  9. CarversDog

    Bukowski's Relevance in an Economic Downturn

    Over the course of the last two weeks I have witnessed a surge at Carver's Dog in Bukowski-related search traffic. Mind you, I'm not talking big numbers (we're technically a "mid-sized" blog) but enough to indicate a new trend. I'm wondering two things here: (1) Is Michael getting an uptick...
  10. CarversDog

    Rip sweet prince

    But he did have a suburbanly twisted wit and wrote some decent cold-war taboo. One must seperate the Cold War experience from the postwar experience in America (though the two are intrinsically linked ... first the artificial postwar economic boom spurred by the G.I. Bill and then the...
  11. CarversDog

    Rip sweet prince

    I saw him speak at a Writers Guild function in Beverly Hills in 2006; a very charming, self-effacing man, always a warm smile dancing on his lips. Norman Mailer once famously quipped that Updike was the kind of author appreciated by readers who know nothing about writing ... hilarious on the...
  12. CarversDog

    Happy Birthday Vodka!!!

    Happy birthday, Jen. You're a good egg, as Jay Gatsby would say.
  13. CarversDog

    What are you listening to now?

    I present Maria McKee now ...
  14. CarversDog

    R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard

    And, in weird synchronicity, the great modern sculptor Robert Graham, 70, died on Saturday of cancer in L.A. Among his best known pieces was the monument to my fave, Duke Ellington, in New York and a memorial to Charlie Parker in Kansas City. He was a big name in the L.A. arts and culture...
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    R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard

    Freddie Hubbard, trumpeter was 70 1:18 PM Monday December 29 Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock and other legends, died today at Sherman Oaks Hospital. He was 70 and had suffered a heart attack on Nov. 26. Hubbard's last concert was in...
  16. CarversDog

    Mafia

    That would be the Robber Baron Museum soon to open at the site of Guantanamo Bay.
  17. CarversDog

    Mafia

    That's the one. Beautiful shot, PS. Are you and the missus planning a trip out here in '09?
  18. CarversDog

    Mafia

    The city of Las Vegas is opening an Organized Crime Museum some time in '09; should be interesting. As one would expect, there were a lot of arguments in the civic and public sector over the mere idea but in the end it was hard to escape the cool, hard logic that the city was built by the...
  19. CarversDog

    When did you discover Bukowski?

    Ray Chandler was no slouch in the dialogue department, and Joan Didion's skill with conversation on paper is vastly underappreciated. One of the four or five books I am rotating right now is Didion's first major novel, "A Book of Common Prayer", and there are several elaborate set pieces in the...
  20. CarversDog

    When did you discover Bukowski?

    I think the answer, Hoochmonkey, is that Buk makes it (writing) appear so simple; we know, of course, that the opposite is true but his unadorned prose and straightforward dialogue appear to have just burst out of him and onto the page with little difficulty and makes me say to myself, "Oh...
  21. CarversDog

    What are you listening to now?

    Dr. John, "Dr. John's Gumbo". (1972) Awesome.
  22. CarversDog

    When did you discover Bukowski?

    I came to Bukowski via Kerouac and Burroughs. This was about ten years ago. I had previously attempted to read "Tales of Ordinary Madness" and initially recoiled, sensing a lack of discipline and disregard for what I perceived as the basic rules of writing. I set the book aside. But then, for...
  23. CarversDog

    Good ol' ms. vodka

    Octavio's handle was Playman, Jen. Yes, you were an incorrigible brat back then but always willing to learn and you have grown by leaps and bounds. I am very proud of you.
  24. CarversDog

    Good ol' ms. vodka

    Well said, MJP (except for that part about banning you, of course)
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