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Hollywood by Charles Bukowski

This is the first time I’ve read anything by Charles Bukowski; I liked it.

Hollywood is basically a memoir in novel form as far as I can tell.   374 more words

Book Review

NBAW, number 34: 1984's Stones for Ibarra, by Harriet Doerr.

(I haven’t written any of these in a while. The reasons are manifold: one, I’ve been writing other things, and quite frantically; two, I’ve been reading a spate of new novels, including… 1,841 more words

Bringing Up A Badass Baby

CA: Mark Richens' Night Notes: Marco Pavé at Artistik Lounge, American Fiction, etc.


Marco Pavé at Artistik Lounge

I finally had a chance Sunday night to catch a live set by Marco Pavé, a young rapper from North Memphis making a name for himself with his tales of struggling and striving to transcend the streets. 199 more words

Quality Of Life

A World to Win

My blog entry for April 6, 2014 (scroll down a few months) discusses three top-notch works of fiction dramatizing the plight of the American working class in the early 1900’s. 342 more words

Beth's Reading

A fine life consists of moments when people you care about are celebrated for their creativity, talents, and smarts. My friend Beth is an exceptional writer, teacher, and person, loved and admired by many, including me. 134 more words


Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote shares a deep bond with Christopher Isherwood’s short story “Sally Bowles” which became the movie Cabaret. In each a young writer travels to a big city, gets an apartment in a building full of unusual people and meets a wonderful train wreck of a woman who wants to be a star but does not have the talent to pull it off and ends up going through a series of men until she more or less disappears from the narrator’s life for good. 497 more words

Book Review

Day 1.06

“A man of letters is the enemy of the world.”
– Charles Baudelaire

A cab had double parked out in front and the cabbie, a narrow man in a leather vest and leather cap, sauntered through the tables to the doorway of the enclosed part of the bistro.  1,967 more words

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