Amber Tamblyn Accepts That She’s No Charles Bukowski

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Amber Tamblyn recently appeared on comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, discussing the release of her latest poetry collection Dark Sparkler. Tamblyn began as a child actress, and has clearly given much thought to what that means. Her acting career has continued into adulthood, with parts in 127 Hours, Django Unchained,…

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Mickey Rourke on Charles Bukowski: “He Was Okay for a Drunk”

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Mickey Rourke was asked about Barfly, Bukowski, and director Barbet Schroeder in an interview and he had rather unkind things to say. Mickey Rourke was the only actor to portray Charles Bukowski’s Henry Chinaski character in a film that Bukowski himself wrote, 1987’s Barfly. Rourke wasn’t the first choice. Sean Penn…

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Volcano Choir Sample Charles Bukowski on the Song “Alaskans”

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Indie rock outfit Volcano Choir – made up of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and current or former members of the bands Collections of Colonies of Bees, Death Blues and All Tiny Creatures – have released their second album, called Repave. The album is doing well with critics, and fans seem…

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Happy 93rd Birthday, Charles Bukowski

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Today would have been Charles Bukowski’s 93rd birthday. He was born on this day, August 16th, in 1920. Bukowski died in 1994, at the age of 73, leaving behind a massive body of work, including numerous short stories, columns, poetry and novels, not to mention a screenplay. There have been…

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Best Quotes from the Charles Bukowski Novel Women

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The Charles Bukowski novel Women is considered by many to be one of his best. The women Charles Bukowski writes about are the familiar prototype in the rest of his work, at least for the most part. Many of them can keep up with Bukowski in the drinking department, and…

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Comedian Doug Stanhope Imagines Charles Bukowski in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

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Charles Bukowski is almost as well known for his legendary drinking as for his great body of writing. He was a lifelong drinker – alcoholic if we’re being blunt about it – and indeed enjoyed promoting the consumption of alcohol. Comedian Doug Stanhope, a Bukowski fan as well as an…

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Charles Bukowski Introduction to the John Fante Novel Ask the Dust

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Charles Bukowski was a huge fan of the writer John Fante. He helped get some of Fante’s work back into circulation when he successfully lobbied his publisher Black Sparrow to start publishing Fante’s out-of-print books. He wrote the introduction for Fante’s most famous novel Ask the Dust. Here it is,…

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COTXETXE Charles Bukowski, Helios Mashup

Charles Bukowski, Helios Mashup.

Quality literary mashups are a rare commodity, even in a post Grey Album world where mashups of all kinds continue to be hot. So when you randomly stumble upon one worthy of a listen, it’s always a nice surprise. Stumbling upon a good Charles Bukowski mashup is even better. You…

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“memory” Charles Bukowski Poem

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The poem “memory” is published in the Charles Bukowski poetry collection What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire. “memory” by Charles Bukowski I’ve memorized all the fish in the sea I’ve memorized each opportunity strangled and I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with…

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