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About the Author

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 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for over fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (May 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876856229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876856222
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Crumb and Bukowski, and these stories are entertaining, but these are far too short for the price (5 pages-ish). There's no business only has like 4 illustrations for the whole story.

Again, these are good stories and the illustrations are good, I guess I was just expecting something more like a graphic novel than a pamphlet...
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Bukowski has the knack of portraying ordinary losers, scumbags, and alcoholics down to an artform. This particular short story is one of the funnier Bukowski stories i've read. Like much of his work, it paints a picture of a long forgotten Los Angeles. Long after the golden age of hollywood ended, but before the glitz of blockbuster making, tabloid spawning modern LA. A time when the whole town was a seedy underbelly.

The main character is a beautiful disaster. The theme's present in the story should be depressing and upsetting, but Manny's downward spiral tale of failure is gut busting funny, thanks to the terrific dialogue and dirty insults. This is classic Bukowski.

I felt the illustrations were pretty much unnecessary, but they do no wrong either. Definitely a welcome collaboration for fans of Robert Crumb.

Obviously its a brief read, but a good one, and worthy of being a single publication.
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There's No Business is about a stand-up comedian whose losing his touch. In typical Bukowski fashion the main character is someone you feel sympathy for even though they have no one to blame but themselves for their misfortune. This is worth buying because Bukowski and Crumb are masters of what they do and anything they team up on is instantly a classic.
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By Zac Hanscom on October 16, 2014
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There's No Business Like Show Business is the story of a failing comedian in Reagan's America. We often forget that the first few years of Reagan's presidency were marked by recession, and Manny Hyman can't keep the recession out of his act.

This is the second collaboration between Crumb and Bukowski I've read, along with Bring Me Your Love. Show Business is a lot more self-aware than Bring Me Your Love, and it reminds me of Bukowski's (and Crumb's) better work, to which it belongs. Again, it's not a comic book, but a short story with a few illustrations, and only the high reputations of the two collaborators could have pulled this off at $7 or $8; I thoroughly enjoyed this endeavor. ****1/2
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Love me.some Bukowski and the book was in great condition.
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