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    What are you listening to? The world really needs to know. #7

    A friend introduced me to this great song back in '94, from Rhino's "Doo Wop Box" set (the first of three), and finally, a few nights ago, I ordered the box too! (I shouldn't have waited so long!!)
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    The Bukowski/classical music link

    AB, thanks for the reply! It's great that you were actually able to meet Pollini! I, too, first heard him through his Chopin recordings-- the Etudes, and then, the Preludes. That was around 1995-96 (university days), when I really, seriously, began to listen to classical music in more than a...
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    Mark Edward Smith has left us

    Man, only 60 years old... Punk may not be completely dead (given that there are obviously still punk bands releasing albums), but I hate to see so many of the original punks going. I still mourn Joe Strummer's too-young death all these years later.
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    Non-word of the year

    Otherkin. (At least it should be a non-word.)
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    Which is your favorite poetry book?

    I've been back and forth, many times, over the years, with my opinion of Love is a Dog from Hell. It has some really great poems-- some of my favorites, such as "Alone with Everybody," "One For the Shoeshine Man," and the one which has a title consisting of just his phone number. I love those...
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    Which is your favorite poetry book?

    I love Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame. I don't own Play, but I do remember liking what I read of it several years ago. It has been a long time. Maybe I only actually read a few selected poems from it, if it really is a poor effort overall! Until now, I didn't know about the severe...
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    Which is your favorite poetry book?

    I fully agree. His early and late poetry collections are so wonderful and re-readable. They are written, largely, in such different styles, but I appreciate them equally, respectively speaking, for the early, angry-yet-beautiful, lyricism and for the later, very direct, plainspokenness. I...
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    Which is your favorite poetry book?

    If you happen to know, do even his later (1980s-90s) poetry books contain poems from, say, the '60s or '70s? I was under the impression that, at least while he was alive, each newly published book of poems was made up, either mostly or entirely, of poems that had been written since the last...
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    Celine controversy in France

    A thread about Celine's anti-Semitism was allowed to be posted, here, on a Bukowski forum. In that light, I don't see how the discussion of Celine's intentions in writing that "The Jews, racially, are monsters, insane hybrids, mongrels, which must go away," should somehow not be discussed on...
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    Celine controversy in France

    Of course, Celine was deeply concerned to avoid more violence, in the sense of preventing involvement in war itself. However, the vexing problem with Celine's assertions that he didn't literally mean to advocate for the Nazi extermination of Jewish people is that he wrote passages such as these...
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    Celine controversy in France

    In School for Corpses, Celine writes that Jews should be treated as human beings treat rats-- at least, in his mind, if the "problem" of Jews is to be dealt with effectively. No equivocating, no distinguishing between "good Jews" and "bad Jews," no half-hearted half-measures, but basically, get...
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    Which is your favorite poetry book?

    Disclaimer: I'm not counting any of the "John Martinized" posthumously published collections here, because of how he despicably mangled them. Now, on to better things! I haven't read every single published collection of Buk's poems yet (working on it), but of the several that I have read, my...
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    Celine controversy in France

    It would be very interesting to know, if one could know, why Celine did actually request that these texts never be republished. Perhaps he simply didn't wish for his wife to have to face any potential blowback from the reappearance of these books? (Reading some of them online, they really are...
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    Good Documentaries

    I saw the first thirty minutes or so of that documentary two nights ago on U.S. public television but had to (reluctantly) go to sleep and missed the rest. I will watch all of it soon though. Several years ago, I read part of Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, and based on what I can remember...
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    What are you listening to? The world really needs to know. #7

    I love Juliana (and Elliot Smith)! I saw her in concert back in '95 and was able to talk with her after the show. She was very, very kind and accessible to her fans. She stayed outside for a good while, standing by her tour van and talking with a long line of people. A close friend of mine...
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    What are you listening to? The world really needs to know. #7

    I've been re-listening to very early Chicago (way back when they used to seriously rock out!!) and remembering just what an incredible guitarist the late Terry Kath was:
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    New moderator

    Congratulations, zobraks!
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    Celine controversy in France

    Continuing on the subject of Celine's anti-Semitism, last night, I ordered a used hardcover edition of a 1950 book by Milton Hindus, who was a founding professor at Brandeis University, a very enthusiastic fan and promoter of Celine's novels, and a man who happened to be Jewish. The name of the...
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    Celine controversy in France

    I read through a good bit of this particularly disquieting one several days ago, and afterward, I struggled, internally, with the serious question of whether I could ever read any of Celine's works again without visceral disgust (I've settled that question, for myself, at least for now, in the...
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    Me me bukoskme

    Welcome! I love Post Office! It is such a great, funny, well-written introduction to Bukowski, and it is still, after many years, in my personal top three of all of his books, along with Ham on Rye and The Last Night of the Earth Poems.
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    Large Celine/Bukowski order with each book shipping separately-- why?

    Thanks for the replies, d ray and mjp. My opinion may be a minority one among online customers, but I really wish that B & N would just ship out all of the books, at one time, in one package. In order for that to happen, I would have been happily willing to wait a few days, or even a week, for...
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    Large Celine/Bukowski order with each book shipping separately-- why?

    This is definitely a First World problem, but it is also very annoying, so I decided to post about it and see if anyone else has had a similar experience. Barnes and Noble recently had a "20% off if you spend $100" sale, and it seemed like a good time to add Bukowski books that I'm still...
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    Bad Brains 1987

    Unfortunately, he does still have a point, as much as I wish that were not the case. All too often, metal fans shoot their own, simply for trying to grow and learn more about other styles of music, and, sometimes, in the case of metal bands, for daring to even try to incorporate a bit of another...
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    Bad Brains 1987

    Bad Brains! Good stuff!! I don't live too far from their stomping grounds. Banned in D.C.! :DD The closed-mindedness about other genres of music that I used to encounter among too many metal fans, at least many years ago, back in my days as a young (10-15 years old) kid who loved both punk and...
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