Abel's book coming...

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
Over 1000 posts
War All the Time
the last generation pg. 17


now

now there are so many of us
but we should be grateful, for in a hundred years
if the world is not destroyed, think, how much
there will be left of all of this:
nobody really able to fail or to succeed - just
relative merit, diminished further by
our numerical superiority…

if you still have doubts of those other golden
times
there were other curious creatures: Richard
Aldington, Teddy Dreiser, F. Scott, Hart Crane, Wyndham
Lewis, the
Black Sun Press.

but to me, the twenties centered mostly on Hemingway
coming out of the war and beginning to type.

it was all so simple, all so deliciously clear

now

there are so many of us.

Ernie, you had no idea how good it had been
four decades later when you blew your brains into
the orange juice

although
I grant you
that was not your best work.

C.B.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/richard-aldington
 

Danny Mac

Over 100 posts
This is a super awesome thread. I think this thread should win Thread of the Year Award. Im' not kidding but I'm also not 100% serious. I really do think this is a good thread and I will buy the book eventually. First I will have to find more shrubs to trim and more things to paint, of neighbors and friends. This economy has forced me into a 'Factotum" type of existence. I look forward to the day when I buy some Jeffers. Buk dug himself some Jeffers. I wonder if Jeffers was a wee bit of an Imalgamist, or whatever that word is. Jeffers was simple and powerful.
I have #22/25 of this edition. Bukowski's pubic hair is delicately laid into the colophon page, anchored with a rare sample of his sperm. He did this very rarely.

This is an important piece of art as well as a priceless window into the mind of a writer who was balancing on the wall between fame and common cum stains. In addition to the little man and the retarded dog drawing, the author’s inscription includes an unedited x-ray picture of his swollen prostate.

Serious inquiries only…
I would like to propose that Pogue Mahone be given the Title, "Most Like the Drunken Buk." He has earned this title by posting replies and observations that would be posted by the actual real Bukowski. Let us not forget friends as we study the work of the once great writer he was often smelly, drunk, puking, throwing radios through the same window night after night, smashing bottle against walls, drinking until passing out constantly. I feel Pogue Mahone is verbalizing for our pleasure what the 'Real Buk' would be saying if he saw this website. Do I have a 'second' to classify Pogue Mahone as the recipient of the "Most Like the Drunken Buk" award?
 

Pogue Mahone

Officials say drugs may have played a part
Over 1000 posts
First of all, I would like to thank Danny Mac for my nomination as "Most Like the Drunken Buk." I know it was heartfelt and I only wish someone else had seconded the nomination so it would be official (fucking assholes).

I must regretfully decline this nomination for two reasons.

First, it would only encourage me to continue to write stupid shit while I’m drunk, only to wake up at 5 a.m. regretting that I did. I check my “smart” phone each morning, hoping it saves me from the stupidity I wrote the night before, but it does not. I live in shame each morning.

Second, such a coveted prize would only encourage copy-cats who think they are stupid, but will never in their lifetime be more stupid than I. They will flood the threads with their university-taught, formulated stupidity, diluting my natural-born stupidity and making MJP’s life miserable. We should all respect what the core members have done with this site and not muddy it up with “look at me” entries such as those I have made in the past. This site is for serious assholes only.

I can’t promise I can quit, but I have been trying to put my misplaced energies elsewhere. I think LCD watches and Spanish Fly are making a comeback and I have contracts with major suppliers throughout mainland China. I am selling my entire Bukowski collection to finance this effort and am looking for serious investors only.

Thanks again Danny Mac, but look to Roni for future nominations. As you can see, I have already taken up too many words to say a simple thing. Roni says a very complicated thing in a very simple way.

P.S.: It could be because Roni is ESL
 

5:28am

Over 100 posts
I know it was heartfelt and I only wish someone else had seconded the nomination so it would be official (fucking assholes).
I recommended you for the Nobel Prize but the committee said they've become much more selective since the Obama fiasco.
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
Over 1000 posts
I like the choice of picture but the rest of the cover is pretty weak
or I miss or expect strength.
 

roni

Over 5000 posts
well yeah, it's an academic cover.
(I'd be able to do it academic AND appealing, but I'm not on the payroll of this publisher.)

yes, the pic is great.
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Over 5000 posts
Great photo, but I don't like the red color around it. I would have chosen another color. Still, it's about the content and not the color of the cover.
 
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roni

Over 5000 posts
[...] I don't like the red color around it. I would have chosen another color. [...]
that's partly my fault (if it IS a fault): the publisher had 3 diff color-versions and Abel asked me about them. I was all for the red one. (still am.)

(p.s.: the alternatives had been: 1.: all greyscale (dull/cheap-looking) -or- 2.: a sort of greenish vomit:
alt-color.jpg
)
 
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d gray

tried to do his best but could not
Founding member
Over 1000 posts
it's not even red, really. more a pale violet-y indigo something. a very unpalatable tone, i'd say.

you can never go wrong with grey...
 

d gray

tried to do his best but could not
Founding member
Over 1000 posts
well, whoever chose it is an ultra one...
 

roni

Over 5000 posts
on my screen it looks more like some bordeau-red.
anyway, I've seen much worse covers in my life and it sure depends on taste. and what's inside.

(what I really hate is how they didn't care at all for the big letters in the subtitle "FROM OBSCURITY..." - they simply chose the next bigger size, no matter what happened to their thickness. Maybe the letterpress-freaks here can understand what is bothering me.)
 

Purple Stickpin

Over 5000 posts
...the publisher had 3 diff color-versions and Abel asked me about them. I was all for the red one. (still am.)
Same here, only I suggested flipping the green version around (Light text on dark green rather than the option presented), but abel said he could only choose from the three options the publisher provided. The all grey version looked very drab and the green was not so great, so maroon was the best option available.

well, whoever chose it is an ultra one...
See, you never know who you're going to insult 'round these parts. :rolleyes:
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Over 5000 posts
that's partly my fault (if it IS a fault): the publisher had 3 diff color-versions and Abel asked me about them. I was all for the red one. (still am.)

(p.s.: the alternatives had been: 1.: all greyscale (dull/cheap-looking) -or- 2.: a sort of greenish vomit:
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It's not a fault, Roni. It's a matter of taste, of what color one likes and considering the alternatives (greenish vomit and cheap greyscale) I would have gone for the red (maroon?) too. Btw, it's funny, they only gave you three colors to choose from. That's some limited choice.
 
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d gray

tried to do his best but could not
Founding member
Over 1000 posts
See, you never know who you're going to insult 'round these parts. :rolleyes:
i didn't mean roni! I meant whoever signed off on it - i.e. faceless, anonymous publisher...

also, i shouldn't be calling anyone an ultra-maroon. there's enough negativity and hatred in this world
already. i'm sorry.

i'm sure it's a great book and i look forward to owning a copy.

regardless of the cover...:wb:
 

Purple Stickpin

Over 5000 posts
I wouldn't sweat it - I didn't take your comment to mean any of us. But it's true, the three options that were selected by the publisher left quite a bit to be desired, so the "best" of what was offered was selected.
 

Danny Mac

Over 100 posts
The Reddish is definitely the best choice. The photo really IS a good shot of the man. I can't wait to buy it. Besides, we have all learned this at some point in our lives, 'you should never judge a book by it's cover.' Doh!
 

cirerita

Founding member
Over 1000 posts
Well, the book is out now. If you want me to sign/inscribe your copy, I'd be happy to oblige. Send me a p.m. and we'll take it from there.
 

jddougher

Founding member
The price is high, but not unusual for scholarly works.
That's true. Of course, the audience for most scholarly works is libraries, and they can pay. The actual readership of such books is of course depressingly low, too--mostly other scholars, typically, who need to "keep up" with the work coming out in their field. Price is probably not high on their list of criteria used to decide whether they will acquire a volume. Having never heard of Mr. Debritto, I did google him and came up with this article. It's nicely written, and I'm glad to see that work of this calibre is now being done on Bukowski.
 
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