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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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  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0872865436
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars The new Buk Book October 2, 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest short story writer whoever lived March 30, 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 1, 2014
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Fast shipping! Great book!
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By Marcos
Not as good as volume one, but still some pretty superb stuff as far as Buk is concerned. Put it this way, if you liked Notes of a Dirty Old Man, you'll enjoy "More Notes..."

My favorite Bukowski has got to be his poetry by far, that which he was extremely prolific in, many many books of his poetry are available, one of my favorites being "you get so alone at times that it just makes sense" or something like that.

After that his short stories that draw upon his life are my second favorite genre of Buk's work... like tales of ordinary maddness and the dirty old man series.

Finally, there are his novels, which I think are worthwhile but by far not where his brilliance shone the most... Barfly was a wonderful screenplay as was Factotum, Ham on Rye is an okay memoir, Women is one of my favorites (as far as novels, probably because it reads more like his short stories), I've never read Post Office or some of the other novels but someday I'll get to them.

Final take on More Notes, if you are a Buk fan, read it, if not, start with the first one or Tales of Ordinary Maddness or perhaps one of his many books of poety.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best collection May 20, 2013
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I read as much Charles Bukowski as I can afford to buy, and this book is fine. I declined to give the book five stars, because they've not used any material that I coud tell that had been previously published except in the papers for which Bukowski wrote - and I think it's because the columns aren't Bukowski's best work. Maybe there was a reason why the material in this book remained "uncollected" for a while - it's not his best work by a long shot. A couple of jewels, but mostly rocks here. I would recommend the book for any serious Bukowski fan, but no one else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stilled voice May 14, 2013
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I thought I had read all the published Buk long have this stilled voice alive again makes me so happy. Hi, Hank. Missed ya, pal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Buke March 25, 2013
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the incomparable.His friend and publisher (whose name eludes me right now) put it best 'you've ruined me for other lay it down hard as a railtrack through hell!".Not a bad poet himself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Notes of a Dirty Old Man January 17, 2013
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The second volume
More Note of a Dirty Old Man are his regular column musings for a small news paper that Bukowski slagged-off for a quick buck but Bukowski couldnt help but be funny and brilliant, because he was made of the real stuff.
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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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