Absence of the Hero events
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On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:30 P.M., Moe’s Books will celebrate the release of Absence of the Hero, the second volume of uncollected stories and essays by Charles Bukowski published by City Lights. Join us for a conversation with Garrett Caples and editor David Calonne.
Tuesday, May 18th: Bukowski Night with editor David Calonne
Description of the Bukowski books edited by Mr. Calonne:
Everyone’s favorite Dirty Old Man returns with a new volume of uncollected work. Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), one of the most outrageous figures of 20th-century American literature, was so prolific that many significant pieces never found their way into his books. Absence of the Hero contains much of his earliest fiction, unseen in decades, as well as a number of previously unpublished stories and essays. The classic Bukowskian obsessions are here: sex, booze, and gambling, along with trenchant analysis of what he calls “Playing and Being the Poet.” Among the book’s highlights are tales of his infamous public readings (“The Big Dope Reading,” “I Just Write Poetry So I Can Go to Bed with Girls”); a review of his own first book; hilarious installments of his newspaper column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man , including meditations on neo-Nazis and driving in Los Angeles; and an uncharacteristic tale of getting lost in the Utah woods (“Bukowski Takes a Trip”). Yet the book also showcases the other Bukowski–an astute if offbeat literary critic. From his own “Manifesto” to his account of poetry in Los Angeles (“A Foreword to These Poets”) to idiosyncratic evaluations of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, LeRoi Jones, and Louis Zukofsky, Absence of the Hero reveals the intellectual hidden beneath the gruff exterior.
The second volume of his uncollected prose, Absence of the Hero is a major addition to the Bukowski canon, essential for fans yet suitable for new readers as an introduction to the wide range of his work
“He loads his head full of coal and diamonds shoot out of his finger tips. What a trick. The mole genius has left us with another digest. It’s a full house–read ’em and weep.”
— Tom Waits
Celebrate the release of Absence of the Hero with City Lights Books
On Wednesday, May 19th at 7:00 pm, City Lights will celebrate the release of Absence of the Hero, our second volume of uncollected stories and essays by Charles Bukowski, with special guests Stephen Elliottand Daphne Gottlieb. Join us for a conversation with Garrett Caples and editor David Calonne, followed by readings by Elliott and Gottlieb. And for a taste of what’s to come, listen to this recording of Stephen Elliott reading Bukowski’s story “Love, Love, Love”.
Our second volume of his uncollected prose, Absence of the Hero is a major addition to the Bukowski canon, essential for fans yet suitable for new readers as an introduction to the wide range of his work.
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Uncollected Stories and Essays, Vol. 2: 1946-1992
Everyone’s favorite Dirty Old Man returns with more boozy tales of extraordinary madness