Bought this buk book and it has interesting inscription

This seems like a fascinating read although the Amazon reviews are pretty damning. Saying that essentially Black Sparrow was reaching deep on this one. I didn't know Martinelli was an Anais Nin colleague.
 

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I don't know about "reaching deep." The problem, for me, anyway, is Bukowski mirrors Martinelli's hep cat writing affectations, and that makes the book difficult to read.

It's painful to see Bukowski engage in that kind of pandering. I get it, he was trying to pick her up, which he was trying to do with every woman he ever wrote to. Still. The pretentiousness is extra thick. It reads like two idiots trying to convince each other that they are geniuses.
 
I tried reading this but felt like I was concussed. It's like she was txting back in the 1960s. I'll give it another shot though.

It reads like two idiots trying to convince each other that they are geniuses.
Sounds like just another day on the streets of 2019.

I found myself wondering if this book was once given as a gift to David Foster Wallace.
The editor is a seller on abebooks. You could drop him a line.

I didn't know Martinelli was an Anais Nin colleague.
I didn't know Martinelli was getting pounded by Ezra Pound...
 

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I think Bukowski was extra motivated in this correspondence because Sheri Martinelli was Ezra Pounds x-mistress. Motivated to show his genius skills and probably motivated to pick her up too 8-)

I always liked this book. It's true, it's hard to read because of the trying to convince each other of their geniuses and Martinellis experimental writing style, yet it's very early Bukowski, he writes her in a way he's writing nowhere else and Martinelli has some interesting pieces in it too, imo.

I still about half believe that Don't Try, Bukowskis motto and the words on his gravestone, might have come out of this correspondence. Coined by Martinelli btw. Can't prove it of course. But I remember her writing about young black kids in jail who say "don't try, man ... if you haffa try ..." and Bukowski praising this letter and being in awe.

Should dig the quote up. Maybe I'll reread the book and see how I like it now. Has been a while.
 
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