Holy cow, I got my copy of the new Charles Bukowski book this weekend! It's called Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990, and it's published by City Lights. How excited am I? Going nuts excited. Bonkers excited. It's got his first published story and his last story, essays on his poetics (yes, he actually did have an evolving look on such things), a few pieces from his "Notes of a Dirty Old Man column," and much more. It's a typically big Bukowski book. However, NO poetry! And, unfortunately for me, it's his poetry in particular that kept me coming back again and again. Still, this book will likely be a treasured collector's item for years to come, and I suspect it will sell well. I know I ordered mine many months ago, when I first heard about it on -- get this -- MySpace! The editor is NOT John Martin, Bukowski's long time friend and publisher/editor with Black Sparrow Press. Rather, it's someone named David Calonne, a writer I have never, ever heard of, and as an avid Bukowski fan, I felt like I knew most all of Bukowski's editors, friends, colleagues, critics, etc. Strange.
Anyway, here's a cover shot of the book. If you like Bukowski at all, I urge you to buy this book. I'm really looking forward to reading it....
Causes Scott Holstad Supports
PEN, The Authors Guild, Sierra Club