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  1. Otto jr

    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    It's living people alive now. So no to Cab Calloway. The Stones would be a contender. But the Stones never played Woodstock etc. Also, as you said, the Stones only tour every few years. Even in the 70's and 80's they'd do a big tour every three or four years. All the other arena bands are...
  2. Otto jr

    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    Cool article, Purple Stickpin. Oddly enough, the Grateful Dead is at the root of many live-sound innovations. I'm in the business of live sound and a surprising number of us are former Dead-Heads. As for the delay: we also have to delay signal going to stage monitors (wedges) for many...
  3. Otto jr

    Factotum - broken clock scene

    Now that we've figured out what time it was that day lets try following some of Buk's horse betting systems.
  4. Otto jr

    The Bukowski forum is closing

    What about the University Archive that has all the Buk items? Can someone reach out to them? This has been an absolute treasure trove of information and pleasure for me over the years. I am forever grateful to Hannah (MJP) for all of the hard work and dedication. I could never tell you how...
  5. Otto jr

    Questions on the meaning of some lines in Bukowki's 'Mine' from 'The days run away like wild horses over the hills'

    Buk was a no bullshit guy like Hem. Here's a good Hemingway quote: “Then there is the other secret. There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The sharks are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people...
  6. Otto jr

    A story from a Bukowski Facebook group

    The story rings true to me but this, of course, is more plausible.
  7. Otto jr

    A story from a Bukowski Facebook group

    The story rings true.
  8. Otto jr

    Bukowski Transgender feelings?

    Let me put that scene into better context. Instead of viewing it through the 21st century lens, let us revisit the era Buk was writing about. It was the 1920s when Hank was growing up. There was no wall-to-wall pornography with loose gaping holes everywhere one looked. There wasn't even glossy...
  9. Otto jr

    "Memo to Charles Bukowski" - Carl Larsen - Wormwood Review No. 19 - 1965

    Isn't Larsen the one who told Buk: "I can write like you but you can't write like me." And later Buk said: "He only thinks he can write like me."
  10. Otto jr

    Bukowski, directed by James Franco

    The ashtray throwing incident I described in my post was actually an off duty stripper and a hardened old female bartender. I was 16 and working in the bar. The memories are enhanced by my not having been allowed in the place. Owner was a guy who looked just like (and probably belonged to the...
  11. Otto jr

    Bukowski, directed by James Franco

    Times have changed, drastically, it seems. These days the only "old timey" dive bars you're likely to find in any city of any size are the ones that had "DIVE BAR" written in bold print on page one paragraph two of the business plan and marketing stratagem. They will sink a couple of hundred...
  12. Otto jr

    Guitars, basses and other noisemakers

    Speaking of noisemakers, here's an interesting read for any Neil Peart fans. R.I.P. Origin story of Red Barchetta from the original author who had no idea his name was credited on the Rush Moving Pictures album until the internet reached him in 1996...
  13. Otto jr

    "The Hog" special edition

    Thanks MJP. I'm glad I didn't pay $27k for that.
  14. Otto jr

    "The Hog" special edition

    Does anyone have a resource that would allow me to read this story for significantly less than $27k?
  15. Otto jr


    Martin couldn't remodel a chunk of play-doh into a turd if his life depended on it. He can sure do it with poems though.. Edit: Thank you mjp for the hard work and manuscript uploads.
  16. Otto jr

    Cool Birthday Gift

    Saint Charles of DeLongpre. I can dig it.
  17. Otto jr

    Bukowski's Music

    The fifth B: Borodin
  18. Otto jr

    Bukowski's Music

    Nothing wrong with living with your mom, kid. Just keep reading the good stuff and some day the lion will mate with the jackass and the clouds will reach right down and hug you silly.
  19. Otto jr


    "Find what you love, oh my wonderful brothers and sisters, then go forth and allow it to kill you utterly dead, dead, dead, like a dolphin!" Famous Buk quote edited posthumously by J. Martin.
  20. Otto jr

    Plants mentioned in Bukowski’s work

    There was another man-eating plant in the poem that begins "in the valkyrie mountains among the strutting peacocks..."
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. Otto jr

    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.
  25. Otto jr

    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...