I discovered Charles Bukowski while in Las Vegas, in December 2000. My dad thought it was a good idea to take his 19 year old daughter to Vegas. Becaus...moreI discovered Charles Bukowski while in Las Vegas, in December 2000. My dad thought it was a good idea to take his 19 year old daughter to Vegas. Because I LOVE watching everyone else gamble and drink while I can't participate! To be fair, we saw some really good shows (Blue Man Group and Mystere). And the buffets were exciting (Paris was wonderful). And ! I did get screamed at by a lady on the bus that goes up and down the strip. She looked like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. Well, she dropped her purse and I, being the gentleman that I am, went to pick it up for her because she was obviously too large to bend over herself. And I didnt want her roly poly, blue eyeshadow wearing self to roll down the aisle causing an accident. (To be fair, she probably wouldnt have rolled, just gotten stuck.) So this ass starts screaming at me "Don't touch my purse, don't steal my purse!" So embarassing...
So later that day.... I bought a really sweet corset and some cute underoos at the Victorias Secret in Vegas. At 19, I was at my most attractive. Everything has gone downhill since then. The ban on ephedra didn't help either. I swear, a few people die and they go and freakin' ban it. People die from cars and alcohol all the time but they dont go banning those. Whatever, man. (I miss you Xenedrine! Call me! **please email me if you have any black market ephedra, will pay in books**). But the point is, I could wear a corset back then and look mildly attractive in the right lighting. If you squinted your eyes. I do remember trying that get up on in my hotel room and thinking "Ooooh sexy lady, oh yeah. You soooo fine!"
That was also the last year I considered myself a female.
That was the first and last time I have ever shopped at Victoria's Secret. My friend , Erika, has to remind to me wear bras to this day.
(I also bought 2 pieces of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory and brought them back to my hotel and devoured them both)
So back to the main subject matter here... our last day in Vegas, we were in some store and there was this book called "Drinking , Smoking and Screwing". "Yes, yes and yes", I thought to myself. Didn't even read the description, I just immediately bought it. Lucky for me it was a collections of short stories from awesome writers about the title subjects. And an exerpt of Charles Bukowski's "Women" was one of them.
He stood out to me because he writes like he speaks. In plain, no frills english. Some call him misogynistic but I disagree. I never felt like he was exploiting or demeaning women (in any of his books). Most of the bitches in his books deserved to be treated like shit. Or wanted to be treated like shit. Because that's how women are sometimes. And that is why I no longer can relate to that gender amoung many other reasons.
I guess my connection with Buk lies in heartbreak. That's what he reminds me of. That bittersweet feeling of your heart being torn out but still continuing to beat.(less)
I love food and I love hot sexy chefs with potty mouths. I remember first discovering Anthony Bourdain on the Food Network many years ago. It was 3am a...moreI love food and I love hot sexy chefs with potty mouths. I remember first discovering Anthony Bourdain on the Food Network many years ago. It was 3am and I was unable to sleep and here was this brooding, hot piece of ass chain smoking and touring Russia. I never remembered his name but he haunted my dreams until I re-discovered him years later on the Travel Channel show, No Reservations. In Kitchen Confidential, he is able to translate his sultry self onto paper. But he is not just a piece of meat, my friends. He is a very good writer with a quit wit and he conveys a passion that touched my [fill in the blank] like no other. Anthony Bourdain pretty much despises vegetarians, but I do not hold it against him. In fact, he makes me wish I was a heartless carnivore like him. And we would eat steak tartar together and take bathes together in a pool of goats blood.
This the first graphic novel I've ever read and I loved it. I've been meaning to check out Harvey Pekar's work for a long time (he writes the American...moreThis the first graphic novel I've ever read and I loved it. I've been meaning to check out Harvey Pekar's work for a long time (he writes the American Splendor series that was turned into a really great movie). This was a lot of fun to read. It felt like "cheating" because a grapic novel is like a comic book. But there was a lot of depth to this story. I can't wait to read more! (less)
I am totally biast, I didn't really have to read this book to know that I loved it. That is because I am in love with Amanda Palmer (lead singer of th...moreI am totally biast, I didn't really have to read this book to know that I loved it. That is because I am in love with Amanda Palmer (lead singer of the Dresden Dolls)and in my eyes, everything she does is amazing and sexy. Basically ,this book accounts the story behind each of the songs on The Dresden Dolls first album. There are lots of pictures, even some nudies of Ms. Palmer! The last half of the book is music notes on how to play the songs yourself. They closest I get to that is when I am typing at work and listening to my Mp3 player and pretending to rock out on a piano. I hope no one at work notices the occasionally dramatic head bang that I can't hold back during a really intense solo. Anyhoo... Amanda, if you are reading this, just know you are my #1 girl (sorry Erika).(less)
I really liked this compilation of short stories because each story was illustrated by a different artist so you get to see each of their individual i...moreI really liked this compilation of short stories because each story was illustrated by a different artist so you get to see each of their individual interpretations of what Harvey & his surroundings look like. Mr. Pekar's stories really warm my heart for some reason even though they are about the melacholic mundaness of everyday life. I guess I just feel close to him because we are both from Cleveland, which is the home of melancholic mundaness. A kindred spirit ... (less)
Why am I always drawn into shit about strippers? This book was fun to read at first and, of course, made me want to be a stripper. (much like the afte...moreWhy am I always drawn into shit about strippers? This book was fun to read at first and, of course, made me want to be a stripper. (much like the after school specials about anorexia made me secretly want to be anorexic) But it was hard to get through the last 100 pages. The author drones on and on about uninteresting stories of other strippers lives and after awhile I was bored and irritated by all the pseudo intellectualizing on showing your snatch to strangers. (less)
Ann rule is the queen of the True Crime genre. For realz. She is able to piece together a story of a complicated crime and make it read like a novel b...moreAnn rule is the queen of the True Crime genre. For realz. She is able to piece together a story of a complicated crime and make it read like a novel but without glorifying the crime or disrespecting the victims like some true crime writers tend to do. Bitter Harvest is about a super intelligent woman that seemingly has everything going for her- she & her hubby are both physicians, she lives in a mansion in the suburbs and has three beautiful children. But for some reason the crazy bitch (allegedly) decides to burn down her home and kill 2/3 of her kids. Books like these totally make me want to be a criminal psychologist. (less)
When Janice Dickinson left America's Next Top Model, the show started to fucking suck. She was the best part. There is no longer anyone to call the mod...moreWhen Janice Dickinson left America's Next Top Model, the show started to fucking suck. She was the best part. There is no longer anyone to call the model's fat cows or hump Tyra. *sigh*
I came across this book a few days ago and thought "This will be a fun, light read." Just judging from the title alone, one would assume this book is about how to be shallow and fabulous, right?
It was so much more than that. Janice is so smart and so funny and so interesting that it is upsetting that she was the "world's first super model". Come on now, that is just not fair. I thought the beautiful ones were suppose to be stupid, so people like me can feel more superior! Dang it!
And god, is she beautiful. And there are plenty of pictures to oggle at along the way. Even a nice nudie pic. *wink*
I love this book because she gives really awesome advice about the normal girl subjects- boys (be mean to them & ignore them, they like that apparently), weight issues(get off your fat ass and move) and boobies (her's are fabulous, she mentions many times). And she never comes across as condescending. Just funny and honest.
Sure, she name drops all her celebrity friends and lovers and reminds you that she was the "world's first super model" every other page. But she tells it like it is,doesn't bullshit on any topic. She's crude, crazy, rude, loud (yes, I could hear her even through the pages of the book) and raunchy. She made me want to be her best friend. She is, as they say, a girl's girl. She seems like one of the good ones because she has such a big heart (and boobs).
I know this is a really lame and ass-kissing review. But that's just how it goes sometimes.(less)
My girlfriend, A.M. Holmes, has this way of leaving me feeling completely dejected and empty at the end of her books. That is why I love her so. This...moreMy girlfriend, A.M. Holmes, has this way of leaving me feeling completely dejected and empty at the end of her books. That is why I love her so. This book is about a girl and her psychologist. The psychologist starts to believe that her patient is her daughter that she gave up for adoption when she was young. Of course, it spirals into obsession and weirdness that only A.M. Homes can create.(less)