This is true about reading on the toilet. It is bad for you. I had a biology professor back in 1982 or 1983 teach us about this. Without going into the details because it's sounds ridiculous when you try to explain it, but trust me you're not supposed to sit on a toilet seat unless your there to do your "business."
Well I've been doing this since I learnt to read about two years ago, so far no problem. Seriously though, when I finish my "business" I stop reading. The only problem with the kindle is, when you run out of toilet paper there's nothing to wipe your ass with.
Wait Until The Spring, Bandini or Dreams from Bunker Hill. The Road to Los Angeles is good too (and funny) but rather than being a true part of the quartet it's more of a prototype for the other Arturo Bandini novels and the family characters etc. don't match up with the other books. They're all good though, in my opinion. His other novels / novellas are good too.
The chronological order of the quartet is: Wait Until The Spring, Bandini then The Road to Los Angeles followed by Ask the Dust and Dreams from Bunker Hill
Are you going to read the other three Bandini's before any of his other work, Joseph K? I love them all, but my favourite is definitely Wait Until Spring Bandini. It's beautiful, bittersweet and it hurts reading it at times, you care so much for the characters.
One thing I discovered recently which delighted me, was that he was influenced by W. Somerset Maugham's book: Of Human Bondage when writing Ask The Dust (also brilliant).
I've posted a link for you, hope you like it, ( it's 6 mins or so and from the 1940's, rather than 1930's) documentary drive around the Bunker Hill area of Los Angeles, where Arturo Bandini and of course, John Fante lived and worked. I love it; it just gives you a sense of place and time.
Well Sports Fans, I just got done reading "Pulp" and I see what everybody is talking about as to how it is not a very good book. My own feelings is that Buk was old, really old and he was just messing around. He was messin with us, the readers. I think he did this book for shits and giggles. He was just fartin around.
There were moments where he had me smiling or laughing so I am glad I read the book. I just ordered a used copy of "Shake Spear Never Did This" for 20 smakers. Me looking forward to getting that. I will drink coffee at my kitchen table while reading and I will glance to my right at times to see the squirrels and birds eating the seeds on the ground that I have thrown and there will be moments of joy in my life thanks to Mr. Bukowski.
Started reading Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, just into the third chapter but I am ready to jump ship, a friend gave it to me to read, saying I would like it, I hate to abandon a book, is it worth going on, it might be early days because it's pretty hefty?
"But life is so merciless to the man who has killed a child that everything afterward is too late."
When I saw that last line I could´nt help thinking of the last like in Buk's poem, "Yes" - "and There's nothing worse than too late."
I've been tearing through The Golden Pools of Teardrop Falls by I.P. Daily. Oh hardy har. I'm still just staring at my book stack that keeps getting bigger because I have not been reading! I'm so ashamed.
I see this thread and it makes me think about carving out some serious time to start reading again and how important it is for my sanity. I don't know what happened to me that I began flaking out, but I really am ashamed to say that this stack is now getting dust on it, for a while now.
But I will List off some of the books in the stack.
Bossypants - Tina Fey Art & Fear - David Bayles & Ted Orland (Again, because it changed my life the first time!) The Gift - Lewis Hyde The Diaries of Paul Klee - Felix Klee Persist - Peter Clothier Trust the Process - Shaun McNiff The Torah - God (apparently) Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art - Multiple Authors Guerrilla Marketing for Artists - Barney Davey Ellen Foster - Kay Gibbons Relational Judaism - Dr. Ron Wolfson Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman Beyond Belief - Jenna Miscavige Hill
So... I'll be back in a minute. I have some reading to do. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
I just gone done reading a few days ago "Burning in Water and Drowning in Flame" and it was fantastic. Back in 1994 I stopped reading Buk so I had something to look forward to. That's why I just got done reading it. I thought it was fantastic. There were numerous pomes in there that I hadn't seen before. It's always so fantastic when you get to read a new Buk poem because it is like discovering a new gem. I definitely noticed the rawness or strength of this early work. You can hear and feel the starkness of his life. If you put a poem of when he was 35 next to one when he was 65 you'll be able to notice the difference.
Every man and woman goes through stages of their life and the effects of time are writen into their personalities there is no doubt about that. When you're twenty you want to go out drinking all night and when you're sixty five you would like to enjoy a good cup of tea.
When I was reading "Burning" I could sense the hunger in these poems. It sort of like when a rock band is young and hungry compared to how they sound on their 4th album. These poems are from the early hunger days.