Bukowski as an Underrated Literary Great

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Charles Bukowski these days may not exactly be the most well-known novelist in the contemporary era, but his career and life in general is quite interesting - the stuff books are made of. Actually, his life was so colorful that he made novels out of it. What exactly about his life made Charles Bukowski that good of […]

A Life Lesson (or Two) From Charles Bukowski

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Whenever people talk about great novelists, the name “Charles Bukowski” rarely comes up, and if it does, people seem to think the person who suggested the name is trying to be funny, or even weird. The thing is, Bukowski, with his grit, dirt, and misogynistic view of life (which was very prevalent in his works) […]

Bukowski’s “God”

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“Jeffers is my god,” Bukowski often said, and, as far as poetry was concerned, that was true. Robinson Jeffers, king of the long lines and the jaundiced outlook, was once the fair-haired boy of American poetry, the first poet ever to grace the cover of Time magazine and even later, after his career and ultimately […]

Bukowski’s Politics

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What were Bukowski’s politics? Late in life,  he insisted he had none, that he was an apolitical and always had been. This was certainly not true. As a young man, around the beginning of WWII, Bukowski had openly expressed pro-German ideas and had fraternized with people his government viewed as seditious. He read Nazi literature and carried […]

The Life of Charles Bukowski

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There are different perspectives on what makes a writer. Some believe that writing is a natural skill. Others believe that you’ve got to strive hard in order to become a writer, while there’s another segment that believes it’s all about getting the right breaks at the right time. And while all of these perspectives are […]

A Girl Named Pippi Longstocking

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A young, very strong Swedish girl with sassy red braids sticking out on either side of her head – that’s Pippi Longstocking. Pippi Longstocking is a fictional girl around 9 years old who is beloved by children everywhere. Her father Ephraim Longstocking is the captain of Hoptoad, a sailing ship.  Pippi lives at Villa Villekulla.  […]

AHS: Asylum “Tricks and Treats”

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Fading in with a scream, this episode begins by picking up where it left of in the beginning of the previous episode.  Newlyweds Leo and Teresa are in the rotting, abandoned asylum in present day, and Leo’s arm has been ripped off by an unseen killer.  His identity is revealed when Teresa attempts to flee, […]

Janet Evanovich: Three Favorite Novels

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First let me say that Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors.  She is a very prolific writer and in my opinion, although some of her work is better than others, all are pleasant reads.   My absolute favorites are her By The Numbers Series featuring inept bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.  I’ve loved them all […]

On Vonnegut’s Basic Training

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by Leigh M. Lane When I learned Kurt Vonnegut had a previously unreleased novella, one he had likely written very early in his career, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  While excited to read one of his earliest works, that I might compare it to his more polished prose, I was surprised to find not […]

Bukowski: The Unromantic Romantic

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Charles Bukowski came in to my life at just the right time. It’s as if fate had interjected. Life had a purpose and a perspective. I had a new friend. It all felt so unquestionable, so satisfying, so right. I was introduced to Bukowski by a workmate during a period that I wasn’t happy with […]