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November 15, 2008

39 Down, 13 To Go "Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook collects Charles Bukowski essays and stories that have somehow escaped other compilations. Before reading the book I was skeptical, most "uncollected collections" I have read are filled with marginalia and are at best useful to the hardcore fan. Then I saw the book was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights, and had hope.

These stories may not be Charles Bukowski at his best, but there is plenty here to like. The essays are the highlight of the collection for me, especially the literary criticism. The book gave this Bukowski fan a newfound appreciation for the writer's intellect and curiosity, and has me searching out his other nonfiction works.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Zot! Volume 1: The Complete Black And White Stories 1987-1991, by Scott McCloud.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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