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Beat Generation, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski & Poetry

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Beat Generation, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski & Poetry

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1 , Said the Shotgun to the Head

Williams, Saul MTV Books 2003 743470796 Trade paperback

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Williams co-wrote and starred in the film Slam, was featured in the documentaries Slam Nation and I'll Make Me a World, and rapped to Rick Rubin-produced tracks on his hybrid album Amethyst Rock Star. Following The Seventh Octave (1998) and S/he (1999), Williams's third print collection (this time with no CD), is described as an epic, and begins with a chilling epigraph from Paul Robeson on the warped combine of Western values, creativity, star power and suicide. It prefigures the set of toxic contradictions Williams attempts to negotiate, moving quickly into big-fonted oracular mode, channeling those ships that never sailed/ the ones with their seacocks open/ that lied scuttled in their stalls/ TODAY/ i bring them back/ HUGE AND INTRANSITORY-simultaneously invoking thwarted ambition, sexual exposure, the Middle Passage, and attempts to lie (dissimulate as well as collapse) through it all. Throughout the book, Williams draws on messianic postures and pronouncements that are non-starters, dragging out the most shopworn heresies and tropes: we will wait through the degenerate course/ of your repeated history/ we will wait for the past to die. Yet such moments are repeatedly undercut by brief, understated bouts of lyrical intimacy and self-scrutiny: i cannot make/ your past disappear/ only rabbits, my love/ only rabbits. It is through their juxtaposition that readers glimpse the pathos of a poet struggling with a literally unspeakable historical past, and deeply unworkable present-as well as levity in the futility of trying to dispel it all with corporate-backed, art-based bunnies. (A mock interview between a Journalist and Maned Character delves into the contradictions of being published by MTV. ) The end result is an oblique attempt at moving past flawed concepts of gender, violence, race, religion and exchange, proceeding by sheer will and sometimes a turn the music up determination. Despite an absurdly overblown conclusion, it works-almost despit 
Price: 12.95 USD

 
2 Absence of the Hero: Uncollected Stories and Essays Vol. 2 1946-1992

Bukowski, Charles Trade Paperback

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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. 
Price: 16.95 USD

 
 
3 All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go

Sinister, Bucky 

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Price: 12.95 USD

 
4 Betting on the Muse

Bukowski, Charles Ecco 1996 9.78E+12 Trade paperback

New Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 416 p. Audien 

Virtually everything Black Sparrow publishes is worthwhile, but without Bukowski, whose 40-odd books kept Black Sparrow's bread buttered right up until his death in 1994, none of the rest of it would be possible. Fortunately, Buk left plenty of unpublished manuscript behind that, judging from this culling from it, is of a piece with the published stuff. That is, it consists of quasi-autobiographical poems and stories. The poems' lines are only one to six words long, and the stories' sentences aren't much longer. Poems and stories relay the adventures and attitudes, at all stages of his life, of loafer and lumpen intellectual Henry Chinaski. They are occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally laughable because Henry and his women and pals are such a bunch of slobs, and occasionally as boring as Henry and company claim their lives are. And, to tell the truth, they are effortlessly, magnetically readable, especially if you are susceptible to their bargain-basement existentialist charm. Plenty are. 
Price: 17.00 USD

 
 
5 Black Fez Manifesto, &c.

Bey, Hakim Autonomedia 2008 9.78E+12 Illustrated. Trade paperback

New Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 101 p. Contai 

New poetic rants and prose poems from the author of TAZ and Millennium, among many other influential incendiary texts. This volume includes selected Communiques of the Cro-Magnon Liberation Front. Black Fez is the emblem of our intransigent disgust with the lukewarm necromantic vacuum of dephlogisticated corpse breath that passes nowadays for Empire and organic death. 
Price: 12.95 USD

 
6 Book of Blues

Kerouac, Jack 

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Price: 15.00 USD

 
 
7 Bukowski Reads His Poetry

Bukowski, Charles 

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Price: 19.95 USD

 
8 Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame

Bukowski, Charles Ecco 2002 9.78E+12 Trade paperback

New Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 240 p. Audien 

Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of Beats, Bukowski & Poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing Beats, Bukowski & Poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994). 
Price: 16.00 USD

 
 
9 Charles Bukowski-Underwater Poetry Festival-Salt Lake City, Utah-October 5, 1974

Bukowski, Charles & Potts, Charles Walla Walla, Washington A Litmus Production-The Temple Inc. 2006 Audiobook CD

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audio cd of a rare Bukowski reading 
Price: 9.95 USD

 
10 Come On In

Bukowski, Charles 

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Price: 13.95 USD

 
 
11 Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson, Hunter S. & Editors Trade Paperback

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In 1971, the outlandish originator of gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) commandeered the international literary limelight with his best-selling, comic masterpiece Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thompson displayed an uncanny flair for inserting himself into the epicenter of major sociopolitical events of our generation. and his audacious, satirical, ranting screeds on American culture have been widely read and admired. Whether in books, essays, or collections of his correspondence, his raging and incisive voice and writing style are unmistakable. Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson is the first compilation of selected personal interviews that traces the trajectory of his prolific and much- publicized career. These engaging exchanges reveal Thompson's determination, self-indulgence, energy, outrageous wit, ire, and passions as he discusses his life and work. The book features pieces from Playboy, Spin, Hustler, American Journalism Review, and talks with such notables as Douglas Brinkley and Curtis Wilkie; and includes interviews ranging from 1974 to 2003, spanning most of his career. 
Price: 22.00 USD

 
12 Face

Alexie, Sherman Trade Paperback

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Brash, confrontational verse and prose have made Alexie the most famous, and the most controversial, Native American writer of his generation. Alexie (First Indian on the Moon), in this first book of poems since 2000, sometimes works in sonnets, rhymed couplets, short quatrains, even villanelles. The results are mixed and occasionally na´ve (When I tell my wife about my adolescent rage/ She shrugs, rolls her eyes, and turns the page). More successful are his many experiments with footnotes and interpolated blocks of prose within poems, devices that let Alexie explore his self-consciousness, as he looks back on his childhood on the rez in Washington State, inward to his sex life and his happy marriage, and outward to public events, from the Clinton impeachment to Gonzaga University basketball. Alexie's self-interruptions also permit flights of comedy, with homages to Richard Pryor and to the porn star Ron Jeremy. The humor, in turn, lets Alexie brace himself for his most serious subjects: his love for his son, the history of his people and the last illness and death of his father, a flawed but durable example of the manliness for which Alexie so often strives. 
Price: 18.00 USD

 
 
13 Factotum

Bukowski, Charles Ecco 2002 876852630 Trade paperback

New Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 208 p. Audien 

One of Charles Bukowski's best, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next. Charles Bukowski's posthumous legend continues to grow. Factotum is a masterfully vivid evocation of slow-paced, low-life urbanity and alcoholism, and an excellent introduction to the fictional world of Charles Bukowski. 
Price: 13.95 USD

 
14 Factotum

Bukowski, Charles 0876852630 / 9780876852637 Trade Paperback

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One of Charles Bukowski's best, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next. Charles Bukowski's posthumous legend continues to grow. Factotum is a masterfully vivid evocation of slow-paced, low-life urbanity and alcoholism, and an excellent introduction to the fictional world of Charles Bukowski. 
Price: 16.99 USD

 
 
15 Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain

Bukowski, Charles 

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Price: 13.95 USD

 
16 Good Poems

Keillor, Garrison (Selected by) Penguin Books 2003 142003441 Trade paperback

New Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 476 p. Audien 

Beats, Bukowski & Poetry is a regular feature on Garrison Keillor's NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion, but for the last five years, it has formed the core of The Writer's Almanac, a daily, five-minute, 7 a.m. show on which Keillor reads a poem. Good Poems selects 350 pieces of verse from among the thousands that have been read on the Almanac for Stickiness, memorability....You hear it and a day later some of it is still there in the brainpan. Divided by subject-beginning with O Lord, moving through Day's Work, Sons and Daughters and through to The End and The Resurrection-the book includes work by writers past (Burns, Dickinson, Bishop, Williams, Shakespeare) and present: Robert Hass, Lisel Mueller, Tom Disch, among many others. 
Price: 17.00 USD

 
 
17 Good Poems for Hard Times

Keillor, Garrison (Selected by) Penguin Books 2006 143037676 Trade paperback

New Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 344 p. Audien 

Having revived the radio variety program with A Prairie Home Companion Garrison Keillor turned to broadcasting poetry in the daily short feature The Writer's Almanac. In any given week, probably more people hear him read poems than attend poetry readings and slams. That's good because his taste is excellent. But then, his criteria are golden. For him, a poem is good if it's memorable, recitable, and accessible. The almost-unheard-of-for-poetry sales of Good Poems (2002) suggest that many endorse his taste and criteria, and the sequel to that success gives them no reason to change their minds. As before, the range of poets represented is broad contemporarily (the majority are alive or very recently deceased) and historically (sixteenth to twenty-first century), though not internationally, for, with one exception (Psalm 51), English is these poems' language of origin. As before, too, these are predominantly poems of domesticity and ordinary things, and when a poem touches the genuinely extraordinary, it is related to everyday life; for instance, Stephen Dobyns' Thelonious Monk relates a particular instance of a kind of experience virtually everyone has--the discovery of greatness. Even those tired of Lake Wobegon, or who think Keillor's a bigoted Democrat (especially after Homemade Democrat, 2004), should grant that he knows good poetry. 
Price: 16.00 USD

 
18 Ham on Rye

Bukowski, Charles 0876855575 / 9780876855577 Trade Paperback

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In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression. Ham On Rye explores the brutal, brooding and sexual life of low-income, post-depression teenage existence. An autobiography rooted in Bukowski's childhood, this book is one filled with a sense of sadness and wasted potential. 
Price: 16.00 USD

 
 
19 Heaven & Other Poems

Kerouac, Jack 

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Price: 9.95 USD

 
20 Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

Thompson, Hunter S. Trade Paperback

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Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels--Hell's Angels, that is. He's lived with them, he knows them and their machines, he speaks their langauge, and he reports it back to the world with all the fearsome force of a souped-up cyclone burning rubber. 
Price: 15.00 USD

 
 
21 Howl

Ginsberg, Allen 

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Price: 6.95 USD

 
22 Hunter S. Thompson Balance of Terror Live Lecture in Boulder, Colorado, 1977

Thompson, Hunter S. CD

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2 disc rollicking live lecture from Boulder, Colorado in 1977, this cd set features Thompson at his peak and is quite informative and entertaining. A must have for the Gonzo nut, with a priceless Q & A from the students. The back of the liner notes is hard to make out, but the whole track list is available online. I'll try to improve upon it in future versions. 
Price: 20.00 USD

 
 
23 Illuminated Poems

Ginsberg, Allen Thunder's Mouth Press 2006 9.78E+12 Illustrated. Trade paperback

New Trade paperback (US). Sewn binding. 144 p. Contain Drooker, Eric 

Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Howl, Illuminated Poems celebrates the collaboration of two visionaries of different generations: Allen Ginsberg, the quintessential Beat and America's best-known poet, and Eric Drooker, the New Yorker cover artist whose provocative, apocalyptic images add a new dimension and urgency to Ginsberg's poems. Illuminated Poems contains two works only available in this volume, an introduction by Ginsberg, and thirty-four poems from 1948 through the present day, including the poem Howl in its entirety. Perhaps the single poem that captures the anguish and aspirations of the Beat Generation, Howl was originally published fifty years ago and is one of the most widely read poems of the twentieth century. 
Price: 19.95 USD

 
24 Junky

Burroughs, William S. 

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Price: 14.00 USD

 
 
25 King of the Roadkills

Sinister, Bucky 

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Price: 9.95 USD

 
26 Last Night of the Earth Poems

Bukowski, Charles 

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Price: 17.00 USD

 
 
27 Letters to a Young Poet

Rilke, Ranier Maria 

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Price: 9.95 USD

 
28 Living on Luck: Letters Volume II 1960s-1970s

Bukowski, Charles 

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Price: 17.00 USD

 
 
29 Love Is a Dog from Hell

Bukowski, Charles Ecco 2002 876853629 Ecco ed. Illustrated. Trade paperback

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Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 312 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. 
Price: 16.00 USD

 
30 Love Like Rage

O-Matik, Wendy 

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Price: 7.00 USD

 
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