Bad: the collections are arranged thematically.
Collection on drinking and women will certainly help keeping Bukowski's "dirty old man" public image alive. He'll probably never be able to escape that image, but why keep promoting it? Of course, the reason is as always - money!But an entire Bukowski collection on one theme - I don't know, man. I think it's a big mistake. It's only going to fuel the fire of those who enjoy pointing out Bukowski's weaknesses.
I'd probably buy two copies of a horse racing collection...just sayin'. Horsemeat is among my favorite publications, and not just for the production of the book itself, but for the material. Very strong, in my opinion.The only saving grace will be the absence of Martin's "editing."
And the fact that there probably will not be a horse racing collection...
I guess when I think of "horse racing poems" I think of the awful, tedious lists of numbers and how he arrived at them that he put into poetry form from time to time. But even the poems about the people at the track get a bit samey, if you feel me, yo. I get it - all the men are dead inside and all the women around the bar are whores. Okay. Next.I'd probably buy two copies of a horse racing collection...just sayin'. Horsemeat is among my favorite publications, and not just for the production of the book itself, but for the material. Very strong, in my opinion.
what will they do with all those millions of poems, where he is drinking AND fucking? vomiting AND listening to classical music? thinking about suicide AND literature AND Van Gogh ........[...] doing the collections thematically (each book covers only one "theme" [...]
now THIS collection has been done already, as we know. It's called 'Horsemeat' and is not too bad.[...] when I think of "horse racing poems" [...]
Abel is certainly not the worst editor one can think of and he's a godsend compared to the person who changed the poems in the posthumous collections. At least Abel would never do a thing like that and he knows more about Bukowski than most of us do.
i just meant whether Abel was able to provide any production insights...
he typed, not holding his breath...
I think the whole purpose of putting a new cover on an old book is to make it look current, which then makes it look like every other book on the shelf.they don't look like every other book on the shelf, which was my main frustration with the cartoon covers.