Saturday, August 11, 2007
Only In L.A., Charles Bukowski Week
I was flipping through a very local paper and saw that on August 15th, there is a meeting to discuss Charles Bukowski's novel post office: A Novelheld by the "Nobody Reads in L.A." book club. Gotta love the name! I'm not a big Bukowski fan, but in light of the name, great book to choose, the cult classic about a boozy gambler who stumbles through his job at the downtown L.A. post office.
The Nobody Reads in L.A. site says: "Nobody Reads In LA is a loose-knit group of individuals striving to create a stronger cultural, literary and historical sense of downtown Los Angeles." Looks like they will be discussing several other downtown L.A. classics, including James M. Cain's Mildred Pierce, Reyner Banham's The Architecture of Four Ecologies, and Nathanael West's Day of the Locust.
If anyone's in town, the meeting is at 7pm at Charlie O's Bar in the Alexandria Hotel at 501 South Spring Street.
I found that the organizers include a whole group dedicated to honoring Bukowski during his birthday week, August 15-19. They're at www.bukday.com