Going Modern VS. Blowing My Hero (& Fencing With the Shadows)

theeffects

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I agree that there are probably 500 copies of GOING MODERN, I have two and they were easy to get (both under 25 bucks, now they appear to sell around 50...). I've also seen the FENCING broadside pop up on eBay once or twice a year, but does anyone have a pic or scan of the cover of BLOWING MY HERO? Never seen that.
 

nymark

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FENCING is worth all that money it commands becuase it's Bukowski. BLOWING... is simply another entry in a long series of vanity press tell-alls. $200. I don't get it.
 

mjp

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A copy of Blowing My Hero just posted to ABE for $200. That's a lot of scratch. It can't be THAT good!
37 pages, and some of those letter reproductions - I think anyone who pays $200 for that is going to be disappointed. It's not as if this book was written by someone who really knew him. O'Neil was a groupie who spent a weekend with him.

Of course, if I could get a copy for a reasonable price I would buy it. ;)
 

bospress.net

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Hi,
The SMARTER member here. The Effects sent this to me for me to post it. This looks like one of those books that you bring to Kinkos and have bound. Not really worth $20, let alone $200.



Bill
 

hank solo

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...the story is the Bukowski was unhappy with the quality of the publication, so John Martin "suppressed" it, and most copies were destroyed...
Yeah I know, or not.. anyway:-

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bospress.net

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Hi,
Now THAT is rare. I would not pay $325 for it, but if I was a betting man, I would say that I know of a few people that will probably bid on it. It is probably unique. If not unique, then I would say that there are no more than 5 of them (Probably John Martin, Michael Montfort, at least....)
Bill
 

Rekrab

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I just checked ABE and there are 15 copies (unsigned) of GOING MODERN, starting at $25. That suggests most of the edition was not destroyed. I'm hoping some more copies of Amber's memoir find their way to the market in a similar way and bring down prices on BLOWING MY HERO. I'd like to read it.

By the way, earlier in this thread, someone said that it didn't make sense for a publisher to number an edition as they go along. Hell, I do that all the time. I have chapbooks printed years ago that I am still numbering, one at a time, as I sell or give them away. I do it because I'm too busy to sit down and number all of them at once (then why am I killing time here when I should be numbering those chapbooks?)
 

Pogue Mahone

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It's complete bullshit in my opinion that Bukowski wasn't happy with the production value of "Going Modern." It is a shit load better than "All's Normal Here" -- the first all-Bukowski issue from Ruddy Duck. This was definitely a case of Martin getting jealous and territorial -- there are several examples during this period.

This is (in my opinion) a very nice chapbook with at least 5 uncollected poems. But to the original point of the thread, there sure are a hell of a lot of them around still (8 or 9 years after this thread was started) and most are in fine condition.

My advice: Buy one, but not from me... The drawings alone are great.
 
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mjp

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In what way is Going Modern a better production than All's Normal Here? Modern is a typed chapbook and Normal is typeset (as I recall), printed and perfect bound with photos...

I agree that the story is bullshit, but those two mags don't compare.
 

Pogue Mahone

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I guess that's my point -- they are totally different animals, but I would suspect Martin would have thought that a chapbook was more "dignified" than the perfect bound All's Normal, which I kind of thought looked more like a fanzine (Albeit with a rare cover photo). But again, just my opinion.
 

zobraks

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Great stuff! Thank you for sharing, PM.

Btw, I thought Endurance from Going Modern was also unpublished. Was it published with different title (as The Secret of My Endurance)?

P.S. The Old Helping the Old (from Going Modern) and Helping the Old (from You Get So Alone...) are two (different) poems, right?
 
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