My last column

For the past year, I’ve written a monthly column over at the Undie Press on collecting rare books. Specifically, I tried to convey why certain authors got under my skin and how I obtained some of the more rare pieces in my library. The quality of the column was uneven but overall I am pleased with the results. Having a monthly column taught me that a deadline can suck all the joy out of writing.

This month will be my final column. Undie Press is moving towards more traditional long-form publishing (as opposed to monthly bits and bites). Also, I’ve pretty much exhausted the subject of egomaniacally prattling on about my books.

Explicit warning: This last column contains nudity and sexual situations. Hence, it is one of my best. I’m glad to go out on a high note. Bukowski’s Admirers is about how literary fame changed an alcoholic, pock-marked Charles Bukowski into an object of desire.

Many thanks to Tim Hall, Undie Press editor and publisher extraordinaire, for the opportunity.

14 thoughts on “My last column

  1. What a fascinating article and how interesting to see those letters. And as someone who likes a drink or six and is no great looker, quite encouraging too!

  2. kono: My hope for this column was that it was never misinterpreted as a showcase for me to brag on my books. I always hoped that people read it in the right spirit and were interested in seeing these things.sav: I think that EVERY blog post is my LAST blog post. No kidding! I’m too wrapped up in stats. I have so few readers that I constantly want to give it up. But there’s always just one more thing to say.Mitzi: Women IS great but did you read Post Office? That’s the bell-ringer. looby: I concur! Women don’t care what you look like! If you have a little bit of fame (and cash) you can draw them like moths to a flame.

  3. UB, don’t count the number of followers you have here… count the quality! We are fascinated, loyal readers and you damn well better not be closing up shop like too many others.Loved the Bukowski piece… and a great piece for you to end you stint as columnist with!

  4. RH: Actually, Bukowski is the alpha AND the omega. My first column was a Bukowski piece.Ponita: That’s an incredibly nice thing to say, especially coming from someone whose name I frequently mis-stroke. But the sad fact is that I am completely wrapped up in stats. I wish I could be more liberated but my ego will not allow it.

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