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More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Columns [Kindle Edition]

Charles Bukowski , David Stephen Calonne
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After toiling in obscurity for years, Charles Bukowski suddenly found fame in 1967 with his autobiographical newspaper column, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," and a book of that name in 1969. He continued writing this column, in one form or another, through the mid-1980s. More Notes of a Dirty Old Man gathers many uncollected gems from the column's twenty-year run. Drawn from ephemeral underground publications, these stories and essays haven't been seen in decades, making More a valuable addition to Bukowski's oeuvre. Filled with his usual obsessions—sex, booze, gambling—More features Bukowski's offbeat insights into politics and literature, his tortured, violent relationships with women, and his lurid escapades on the poetry reading circuit. Highlighting his versatility, the book ranges from thinly veiled autobiography to purely fictional tales of dysfunctional suburbanites, disgraced politicians, and down-and-out sports promoters, climaxing with a long, hilarious adventure among French filmmakers, "My Friend the Gambler," based on his experiences making the movie Barfly. From his lowly days at the post office through his later literary fame, More follows the entire arc of Bukowski's colorful career.

Edited by Bukowski scholar David Stephen Calonne, More Notes of a Dirty Old Man features an afterword outlining the history of the column and its effect on the author's creative development.

Born in Andernach, Germany in 1920, Charles Bukowski came to California at age three and spent most of his life in Los Angeles. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994.

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"In another installment of his essays and ramblings, City Lights press have surely come up with a winner." -- Beat Scene "Proving that misanthropic and humanitarian are two sides of the same tarnished coin and that stagnation and metamorphosis are equally related, this collection arcs subtly from the banal side of addiction to the most extreme forms of love and hate. Bukowski's prose is still relevant, still shocking, still transcendent." -- Publishers Weekly "To anyone familiar with Bukowski's work, they're more of the good stuff -- essays on pure desire that demonstrate his lust for the physical world. And of course, they're shot through with Bukowski's admirable denial of a higher meaning to his work -- to an earnest interviewer, he writes, 'When I die they can take my work and wipe a cat's ass with it. It will be of no earthly use to me.'" -- LA Weekly "In these pieces, written for the alternative press from 1967 through the mid-'80s, is a Bukowski you might not know--the father taking his seven-year-old daughter to the beach in Santa Monica, where he rescues a homeless man who's been beaten up by thugs. Here's the Bukowski lost in the gender wars, confused and trying to keep his own desire (piggy at times, yes) alive. He wasn't looking for beauty, but he found it now and then. And he was happy writing these columns--as much as a grumpy middle-aged drunk can be." -- Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Magazine "He's been gone since 1994, but Charles Bukowski continues to fascinate us. His tales of sex, drugs,and booze, and more sex, drugs, and booze, ad infinitum, resonate a lurid energy that grabs our attention and keeps it." -- SF Weekly

About the Author

David Stephen Calonne: David Stephen Calonne is the editor of two previous books of uncollected Bukowski published by City Lights, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook and Absence of the Hero, as well as a volume of interviews, Charles Bukowski: Sunshine Here I Am. He presently teaches at East Michigan University. Charles Bukowski: Author of over 50 books, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was born in Germany but spent most of his life in Los Angeles, with which he is closely identified. His outrageous tales of sex, booze, and gambling remain wildly popular today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0872865436
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another belt of ammo from the Bukowski machinegun 16 Jun. 2013
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As the years go by after Bukowski left this world (1994) one can't help being awestruck by the fact that the man was so prolific a writer that it's still possible for his publishers to find previously uncollected material of the highest quality.
In this case we are presented with a collection of writings from Bukowski's famous column, "notes of a dirty old man" which appeared in a string of underground and counterculture papers and magazines from the late sixties and until the mid-eighties.
Expect classic Bukowski material about drinking, horse playing, troubles with women mixed in with lamentations over the general sorry state of the world and the human species.
No serious Bukowski addict should be without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Jan. 2015
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As usual top writing from the master.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The new Buk Book 2 Oct. 2011
By Fuzzyknob - Published on
I will always buy the Buk whether it is good or bad, and since this was published after his death I thought it would just be crumbs. It was far better than I expected. They Buk stuff I get bored with are the redundant tales of his fame. There is a lot more than that in this book. I really enjoyed it. A sure thing for a Buk fans and something that I think a new Buk reader can appreciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest short story writer whoever lived 31 Mar. 2013
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Some come close, very few come close. Some think they know how to write a short story: have a sharp, quick twist at the end; a killing, say something "profound," something to shake up the reader with...and miss it (very often) entirely.
Bukowski keeps it loose and raw and real. No word tricks, no fancy (read fake) dancing. He lays it out, lays it down.
What was he like as a human being? Who cares? Am talking about his art here. And elsewhere: South of No North, others.
Pure genius.
To the haters, those unable (or unwilling) to get it, I say: Eat your heart out.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Old Man Is Back! 29 Oct. 2014
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As a man who prides himself on having read everything Bukowski ever put to paper, I don't know how this new collection managed to stay under my radar for so long. It would appear that three years ago City Lights (yo, Ferlinghetti, when you gonna publish my poems!) scraped enough stuff together to come out with one more Buke (rhymes with puke) collection. Which speaks volumes (literally) of the man's prolificacy. Here he is in the ground 17 years, and still he's churning out the hits like some literary Lazarus (or Tupac Shakur, if you will).
At any rate, you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this in my local bookstore. It was like finding the Holy Grail in a trash heap, because even when Bukowski is bad, he is still better than 90% of the stuff out there. Which brings me to the content of this book. Is every piece a gem -no. But it's still worth the price of admission in my opinion. All the Bukowski mainstays are here: horse betting, broads, and booze. Would we want it any other way?
So, grab a six pack, peel the cap off a pint of Ten High, and flick your bic; because The Dirty Old Man is back for one more round!

-Steven Eggleton, author of Deadfall Blues & Dry Heat
4.0 out of 5 stars One the better posthumous releases 27 Feb. 2012
By R. C. Lanham - Published on
I have to admit, I am more into Bukowski's poetry than his prose writings, and I haven't been the biggest fan of the works that have been published after his death, but this new collection delivers that ol' Bukowski magic. I have not read every piece yet, but the first six are worth the price alone. Classic Hank. Just from what I've read so far, already surpasses Absence of the Hero (Uncollected Stories/Essays 2) and at least half of the material in Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990 (Uncollected Stories/Essays 1), but all three are well worth getting if you still need your Bukowski fix.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "More Notes of a Dirty Old Man" 17 Jun. 2012
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The view from below often carries a certain amount of filth. But even this filth can be seen as fertilizer for something to grow. Charles Bukowski's view of the world came from the bottom. And in that view were the basest aspects of life that drove a person forward. More Notes of a Dirty Old Man stands as a collection of fiction, anecdotes, and semi-autobiographical columns written by Bukowski over much of his life. It certainly is not for the weak-minded or the ordinary.

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