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About the Author

Matt Dukes Jordan is a long-time Los Angeles resident and the author of WEIRDO DELUXE: THE WILD WORLD OF POP SURREALISM AND LOWBROW ART, Chronicle Books, SF, 2005. He is a published poet and short story author and has written novels and screenplays and plays. He's read his poetry on stage, done stand-up comedy, and made films. He has been a journalist since 1990. His work has appeared in many publications including the MIAMI NEW TIMES, PLAYBOY ONLINE, METRO LA, COAGULA, VENICE magazine, and more. He has lived in many parts of LA and knows the city very well. He lived within blocks of one of Bukowski's pads (the one on Mariposa) in two apartments he rented, so he knows East Hollywood well. He has visited many of Bukowski's places in LA and has also interviewed Bukowski's friends for this book. And he's friends with Neeli Cherkovski, one of Bukowski's best friends.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438299672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438299679
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love art and film and poetry from a wide range of people including Giotto and Duchamp and Caravaggio and Godard and Tom Waits and David Lynch and Orson Welles and Denis Johnson and Glenn Barr and Isabel Samaras and many more.... and I write about what I love...

Also, I make my own art and films and I write poetry and fiction and jottings on walls of mountains....

Art liberates, heals, entertains, enlightens... we need this for personal fun but also for a larger good...

Laughter is healing. The lowbrow-pop surrealist / underground art that I write about and the writings of Bukowski make me laugh.... so do films like THE NUTTY PROFESSOR..... or THE CIRCUS by Chaplin... released in 1928...

How does art liberate? Just by imagining something other than the consensus reality, the "givens" that we are surrounded by in our culture and society, we are liberated. Art provides insights, shows how things are artificial or constructed by media, by society. Art can help deconstruct the illusions, thus freeing us...

The pop surrealist - lowbrow artists are satirists. They make carnivalesque work that turns the "givens" in society and culture upside down. They celebrate the grotesque and forbidden as ways to free our minds. So does Bukowski...

We need to stay open-minded and consider alternatives, to imagine, to dream, to laugh, to freely think about anything--- not only for personal good, but also for the oceans and plants and other species and our species. Too much ego-driven exploitation stifles and is not based on sustaining resources and life....

I'm digressing a little bit here, but to see how we have endangered the oceans, please check out the documentary ACID TEST online. And, since I'm writing here about my work and ideas, I'd like to mention that in addition to writing about the arts and creating my own art of various kinds, I've done a lot of journalism and some of it has been what one might call environmental advocacy writing.... I love the oceans and the planet... I also love food and have written about food... I've written about people and places and film and pop culture.... art, writers... all fascinating to me.

I'm glad Amazon has this page.... thank you, Amazon... it helps people enjoy books, art.. film ! life... !

cheers,

Matt





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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yellowcattail on April 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Matt Jordan has been a Los Angeles-based writer for nearly twenty years and a Buk fan for even longer. In this book he's visited all of the places where Charles Bukowski lived and hung out.

The extensive introduction to the book is an essay about the dynamic between a writer and the city he wrote about. There's also an essay about Bukowski and bungalow courtyard apartments-- a unique kind of housing in LA that appears regularly in Bukowski's work.

The book has lots of photos, most by the author, of sites discussed in the book. There are some amusing drawings by the author of Bukowski and of his homes, and even a comic strip about Bukowski. Also included is a section of rare original photographs by Sam Cherry, a bookstore owner now 96 yrs old, who photographed Bukowski before he was famous, back in the early sixties.

This book can be viewed as an insightful and detailed guidebook to Bukowski's LA or as an extended meditation on a writer and his city. Using the book, one can easily create one's own tour of Bukowski's LA. There are several hand-drawn maps of key places as well.

After you read this, you'll have new insights into Bukowski and the city he called home for most of his life. For Buk fans or anyone interested in the dynamic between a writer and a city, I heartily recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Aspenberg on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
For any Bukowski fan, this is a very cool book. Obviously, it's a labor of love. And if you're a fan of Charles Bukowski (as we all are), you'll appreciate this effort.

Matt Dukes Jordan has done a great job extensively tracking down Bukowski haunts and packing the book with maps, illustrations, personal anecdotes and pics. Imagine a Bukowski fanzine, extended to cover Bukowski's full life. The book even features a preface by Neeli Cherkovski (who of course appears in Bukowski documentary, BORN INTO THIS).

The last section of this book features photographs of Bukowski taken by Sam Cherry. (Some of Bukowski's best photos.)

Just a real cool book. Not being from L.A., I really enjoyed this personalized "tour." As it adds a concrete dimension to the many places often alluded to in Bukowski's work. (For sure, I'll be keeping this book on the same shelf with my other Bukowski books, as a reference tool.)

Bukowski's L.A. >> check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry W. Leukering on July 6, 2010
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Matt Dukes Jordan has collected photos and anecdotes from far and wide, to create a vivid take on Buk. A must read for any Bukowski fan.
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Matt Dukes Jordan has compiled a true Los Angeles guide for fans of Charles Bukowski that remains faithful to the man and his wine stained roots. Like a strange combination of an early Crumb comic and the stories of Charles Bukowski, it's a powerful cocktail that Jordan has mixed. Passionately gathering treasures of information from those who knew Bukowski intimately and providing current photos of Bukowski's old haunts add layers of value to this work. Linda Bukowski and Neeli Cherkovski along with other close friends give a unique glimpse into what makes for the perfect printed follow to up to the documentary, Born Into This. Jordan also throws in his drawings which add a flavor similar to drunken illustrations on bar napkins that could easily have been done by Bukowski, himself. These ingredients all create an authentic and perfect gift for any Bukowski fan.. Along with a 12 pack of beer, of course.
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