Friday, December 28, 2018

Gabino's Words of Wisdom

Monday, December 24, 2018

Rosenfeld's Orgone Box

"[William] Reich's pseudoscience, eventual mounting megalomania and insanity, and the quackery associated with the orgone boxes he promoted and that [Isaac] Rosenfeld and others embraced, have made Reich's teachings seem patently ridiculous. This box came to be the prime prop in stories of Rosenfeld's decline. [Alfred] Kazin wrote of him looking lonely in there, "as if he were waiting in his telephone booth for a call that was not coming through."

~~ from Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing by Steven J. Zipperstein

Sunday, December 23, 2018

four or five stars

It's nice to see that the last three ratings for Fight for Your Long Day were extremely strong and all from people I've never met.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

$1.45 less than Auggie. . .

Yesterday I received my print issue of Harper's in the mail. Michel Houellebecq's clickbait-esque "Donald Trump Is A Good President" is in there along with a short story from Lydia Davis, Luc Sante on Oulipo, and Ben Lerner introducing poetry by Fred Moten. In fact, after a twenty year run or so, I may be letting my subscription lapse, but that's more related to personal finances and organization. My second adjunct novel remains a steal at only $8.44 at Amazon right now, a mere $1.45 more than the retail price of a print issue of Harper's. There are far fewer ads in the novel.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Neither a Bellow nor baller be. . .

2018 is the year that parity came to the NBA with great games every night, but Isaac Rosenfeld will still be dead of a heart attack at age 38 no matter who wins the championship. One published novel, cramped living quarters, alone and forgotten, but not forgotten, because he's mentioned in almost every book about Bellow, Kazin, Schwartz, Rahv, etc. Commentary and The Forward write about him in the 21st century. He was too short for the NBA. Poor vision. Not a Bellow, not a baller. . . but he has a biography and various mentions in others.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Zipperstein's Rosenfeld

According to Steven J. Zipperstein's Rosenfeld's Lives, Isaac was a meticulous planner of walking excursions to the public library where he'd spend a good portion of his leisure time hidden in the cool rooms of the men's conveniences.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Karl dug Post Office

“All the books I liked were basically about the same topic. White N-----s by Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Beatles and Lead by Lars Saabye Christensen, Jack by Alf Lundell, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr., Novel with Cocaine by M. Agayev, Colossus by Finn Alnæs, Lasso Round the Moon by Agnar Mykle, The History of Bestiality trilogy by Jens Bjørneboe, Gentlemen by Klas Ostergren, Icarus by Axel Jensen, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, Humlehjertene by Ola Bauer and Post Office by Charles Bukowski.

Books about young men who struggled to fit into society, who wanted more from life than routines, more from life than a family, in short, young men who hated middle-class values and sought freedom. They travelled, they got drunk, they read and they dreamed about their life's Great Passion or writing the Great Novel.

Everything they wanted I wanted too.”

~~ Karl Ove Knausgard 

If you appreciate some of the books mentioned above, you'd likely enjoy Auggie's Revenge.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Post Office

“I had come a long way from a guy who had worked in slaughterhouses, who had crossed the country with a railroad track gang, who had worked in a dog biscuit factory, who had slept on park benches, who had worked the nickel and dime jobs in a dozen cities across the nation.”

~~ from Post Office by Charles Bukowski

interlibrary loan

Although purchasing copies for each of your fans, friends, and family members is a prudent move this holiday season, Fight for Your Long Day is available in at least ninety-five libraries around the world, so I'd encourage you to use interlibrary loan to access a copy today. Don't delay!

*You have to be logged into a university system to see at least ninety-five libraries; you'll likely see about seventy libraries with the book otherwise.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

new bookstore on East Passyunk in Philly!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Let them think you were born that way

"It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way."

~~ Ernest Hemingway, as quoted in A Perfect Failure: Fante Bukowski III

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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