Posts Tagged ‘Charles bukowski’

Daily Book Links 10-26-12

October 26, 2012

a letter from Charles Bukowski. Have to admit, I like Bulowski’s writing. I’m never sure what to say or write about it, but I enjoy reading it. All of it. The novels. The newspaper articles. The poems. It’s all good. This letter is just more Bukowski. Enjoy.

Here’s an article on zdnet by Eileen Brown defending Amazon’s right to wipe your Kindle. The bad thing is that she has a point about their EULA, and it’s nothing new since software companies have been doing it for years now with things like MS Office, Windows, etc. The whole idea that you don’t actually buy something when you “buy” it at Amazon, but are really just buying the right to access it (which, to me, sounds a lot like renting rather than buying) and not the actual whatever it is itself.  This is something I have long complained about in those venues, too. You “buy” something, you “own” it. And I don’t understand why any consumer willingly takes a stance that opposes this. You’re just pointing a gun at your foot and pulling the trigger at that point. Maybe you shouldn’t own the car you paid for, but just the license to insure it, drive it, park it, maintain it, etc. But if you do something that Saab isn’t happy about, they should just take their car back, keep your money, and leave you hanging out to dry. Does that sound fair? Does that sound right? Of course not. And using the boogeyman of fighting media pirates and protecting copyrights is just bull. If someone rally wants to steal your stuff, DRM is not stopping them. It has never stopped them. It never will stop them. Know why? This is why. And I support Ars Technica in this because you should have that copy for yourself, even if you have to break a ridiculously unfair and likely illegal EULA agreement to get it. Or maybe no one will listen to us until we chuck a few barrels of Kindles into Boston Harbor.

Here you can download a short Halloween themed recipe book. It’s a quick download, the recipes look alright, if you don’t mind baking some cookies or making a cosmo, might be worth your time.

I really don’t know what to make of hitrecord.org, but they have their second tiny book coming out and JGL’s web site just interests the hell out of me. If anyone has any experience with them, or just an opinion to share, hit up at the bottom. Just wondering what some other’s thoughts are on it.

Alright, that’s all for today.

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The Secret of My Endurance by Charles Bukowski (reading)

April 24, 2010

Dirty Havana Trilogy – Review

December 6, 2009

Publisher’s Weekly labels it a cross between charles bukowski and henry miller. While there is certainly a large element of raunch through the first two sections of the trilogy (and still enough for a good romance novel in the third) it’s not as good as either of the two it’s a supposed hybrid of.

Still, the raunch turns out to be the second most interesting thing about the book. the first is the format. The first section is a series of short, first person accounts from Pedro Juan, our hero of the work, as he tries to survive with a litany of scavanged and possibly illegal jobs on the street, just trying to keep food on the table, and then his relentless pursuit to fuck whatever woman he can, wherever he can, whenever he can. This isn’t to say the guy is a womanizer. His conquests are not exactly reluctant. They aren’t so much conquests as two people coming together with a similar goal in mind and happening to find someone to help them get there. It is sex of desperation. No one has much of anything, life is miserable for everyone, and everyone just wants something to get helm them through the day – which is sex.

the second part has a slightly older pedro juan, a slower pace and more laid back life. he finally settles in with a woman from his apartment building named isabelle who prostitutes herself for money while Pedro Juan continues to do whatever he can to make a buck or two (literally, as they favor earning a buck or two over numberless pesos).

Finally, the third section moves away from Pedro Juan and tells the stories of the people around Pedro Juan that we have glimpsed throughout the first two sections. We learn that Pedro Juan’s observations are not always entirely correct and many of the people surrounding him live much sadder and more desperate lives than even he imagines.

Throughout the book, Gutierrez gives his characters a thirst for life and independence within the Cuban dictatorialship that is commendable. The life he portrays, of the average person just trying to get by and mitigate their misery as well as possible while the State operates around them, is a touching portrait of the terminally poor in Cuba.