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Visceral Bukowski: Inside the Sniper Landscape of L.A. Writers

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Cultural Writing. VISCERAL BUKOWSKI is a memoir of a 20-year friendship with deep insights into the personal life of Charles Bukowski and the city of Los Angeles. Here are clear chapters on childhood friends, Bukowski's flirtation with Nazism, how Pleasants and Bukowski together rediscover John Fante, adventures in Hollywood, the women, the jobs, the booze and the writing; ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Sun Dog Press
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Jul 23, 2013 Chuck rated it liked it
Pleasants is the authorized biographer of Charles Bukowski, or so he claims. Bukowski wasn't the sort of person who would appoint an official biographer, and this book isn't exactly a biography. It's more like a memoir about Pleasants' relationship with Bukowski, who was a long-time friend. The truth is, as comes through in this book, that Pleasants is a Bukowski wannabe, and something of a court jester. For example, there's the story at the beginning of the book where Bukowski took Pleasants ...more
Nov 10, 2007 Nolan rated it it was ok
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author seems more interested in himself than bukowski. the bits that actually did concern the man himself were good, but really, this isnt an autobiography...leave yourself out of it(to an extent).
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May 06, 2012 Scott Holstad rated it it was ok
Pleasants talks too much about himself and generally does The Buk a disservice in this book. It's an unpleasant look at one of my heroes, and while no hero is immune from criticism, this book takes it too far, in my opinion....
Nov 08, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing
Very strangely written book. It'll take a few more readings to piece it all together into a cohesive narrative. In places totally contradicts CB's version of his childhood, adolescence and so on. Writers being mythmakers thats hardly surprising. M
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