“Said God, Scratching His Naked Belly in a Kitchen”: Charles Bukowski to Robert Bly

Bukowski letter to Robert Bly. Joshua Preston

Unlike any other time in U.S. history, the 1950s and ‘60s saw the emergence of multiple literary movements stoked by a flourishing small-press culture. Popular magazines of the time included the New York-based Fuck You founded by Ed Sanders and Floating Bear founded by Diane di Prima and Leroi Jones. This “Mimeo Revolution” (though not every publication used a mimeograph) … [Read more...]

Two poems by Jack Leaf Willetts

Bukowski - Neal Cassady

Letter to Charles BukowskiNo I don’t want to be a goddamn writerfor the most part I wish I were a carpenter or a mechanic I wish I had a skill that folks could use I wish I had a job that paid the bills I wish I did something that folks might appreciate or better still understand I wish I could do something that would make my wife proudNo I don’t want to be a … [Read more...]

Loving and Hating Charles Bukowski by Linda King (2nd Edition)

Linda King’s Loving and Hating Charles Bukowski

Wild Ocean Press, in collaboration with KissKill Press, is pleased to publish a second edition of Loving & Hating Charles Bukowski, completely edited and revised from an earlier version published in 2012. The press release:There are many books about Charles Bukowski, but none like this one. Linda King’s Loving & Hating Charles Bukowski looks at Bukowski from the other … [Read more...]


Harold's, San Pedro; image copyright Marshall Astor, Food Fetishist, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeontheedge/125389576/ / CC BY CA

One of San Pedro’s most appealing qualities is that it’s not very popular. When I first decided to move here from Venice my neighbor, a realtor, suggested why.“It’s so working class, just a lot of longshoremen, nothing to do there, hardly any art galleries, cafes or good restaurants…and it’s landlocked, hard to get to and so far away from everything…you’ll become a … [Read more...]

A Gallery of Woodcut Prints by Loren Kantor

Charles Bukowski (copyright Loren Kantor / http://woodcuttingfool.blogspot.com/)

Loren Kantor on the Carving Process I've always been an old-school guy. I prefer tattered books to e-readers, vinyl records to MP3's and classic black & white movies to modern 3-D dreck.I fell in love with woodcuts in the 80's when I attended a German Expressionist art show at the LA County Museum. The exhibit featured the work of Kathe Kollwitz, George Grosz & Karl … [Read more...]