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Posts Tagged ‘Charles Bukowski’

David Lehman: ‘Enjoy being a poet. Take pleasure in the act of writing.’

LehmanHappy National Poetry Month! All throughout April, we will interview poets about working in this digital age. Recently, we spoke with author David Lehman.

Lehman (pictured, via) has published several volumes of poetry including his most recent book, New and Selected Poems. He initiated The Best American Poetry series in 1988 and has continued to serve as the series editor. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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Novel First Lines Will Tweet First Sentences of Novels For a Year

twitter304Twitter user Dylan Smith has started a new Twitter account called Novel First Lines, on which he will tweet the first line of a novel every day for a year.

The Twitter handle got started on March 1st and will tweet through February 28, 2015. So far tweets have included the first sentences of Post Office by Charles Bukowski, The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley, and Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.

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Charles Bukowski Stars in Scotch Commercial

After a day plagued with Gmail problems, most readers are probably ready for a drink.

The late writer Charles Bukowski stars in a new ad for Dewars “White Label” Scotch. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think about authors in ads? Open Culture has more about the video:

Bukowski liked to drink. He also liked to talk about his memorable hangovers. Dead or alive, Bukowski has the creds to sell Scotch. As the Dewars ad rolls (above), you’ll hear lines from Bukowski’s poem “so you want to be a writer?” (below). And if you’re familiar with the poem, you’ll notice that the narration in the commercial is abridged. They’ve removed various lines referring to the writing life, making it so that the narration speaks to a broader audience. Rock climbers. Motorcycle mechanics. Musicians. Journalists. People who aspire — or need to be inspired — to “live true.”

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Charles Bukowski Manuscripts Online

If you love the work of the poet and author Charles Bukowski, you can explore a vast archive of poem and letter manuscripts by the prolific author at Bukowski.net.

What’s your favorite book or poem by Bukowski? On Reddit, a number of readers shared their favorite memories of reading the late author. One reader shared this story:

Many years ago, I was a young college student deeply in love for the first time. My beloved and I were living together in the state of bliss that’s unique to besotted young lovers. She was taking a poetry class and was opening her mind to the subject. One Saturday morning, she walked to a local bookstore and spoke with the proprietor. She described our situation and asked for a recommendation on a book of poems we could share together. The bookseller recommended Love is a Dog From Hell by Charles Bukowski, an author with whom my beloved was completely unfamiliar. I will always be grateful to that bookseller. Sadly, my then-partner and I parted ways not to long after, but I still have a shelf full of Bukowski.

Jonathan Maberry: ‘Get your butt in a chair & write.’

Have you ever written a scary story? In honor of the Halloween season, we are interviewing horror writers to learn about the craft of scaring readers. Recently, we spoke with author Jonathan Maberry.

Throughout Maberry’s career, he has won multiple Stoker Awards for his horror work. Last month, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers released the third installment of the Rot & Ruin series, Flesh & Bone.

He has written for Marvel Comics and published multiple novels for both adults and young-adults. As a nonfiction writer, Maberry has examined topics ranging from martial arts to zombie pop culture. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

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What Are The Most Frequently Shoplifted Books?

Neil StraussThe Game, law enforcement guides and Tintin comics made the list among Quora users who have been discussing the question, “What are the most frequently shoplifted books?”

The poster who posed the question wrote, “Neil Strauss’ ‘The Game’ is kept behind the counter at my local Barnes & Noble because people frequently walk out the door with it, a salesperson told me. What else do stores stash back there?”

Quora user Tamara Troup wrote: “At our library some of the most frequently stolen books are the Law Enforcement Officers training manuals, the civil service exam prep books, and the ASVAB prep books.” Quora user Alice York wrote: “At the two  public high school libraries where I have worked: A Child Called It by David Pelzer (a book about parental abuse) and The Rose That Grew From Concrete poetry by Tupac Shakur.”

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Michael McKenzie Promoted to Senior Publicity Director at Ecco

eccologo.pngThis week HarperCollins promoted Michael McKenzie to senior publicity director at Ecco.

Harper director of publicity Tina Andreadis announced the promotion in a staff memo. The Ecco imprint publishes a varied list of big-time authors, including: Russell Banks, Anthony Bourdain, and Charles Bukowski.

Here’s an excerpt: “Over the past three years at Ecco, Michael has delivered stellar campaigns–from the incredibly successful ‘The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,’ every Joyce Carol Oates book (and there are many!), to most recently, the amazing coverage for Patti Smith‘s book, ‘Just Kids.’ In addition to the Ecco list, Michael delivers wonderful campaigns for the Harper imprint, most notably all of Michael Chabon‘s works. Michael is dedicated to his authors and consistently delivers fabulous results.”