Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Long Distance Drunks
Long Distance Drunks: A Tribute to Charles Bukowski was released last Sunday, on the twentieth anniversary of the man's death. It features my story 'The Market-Frankford Line', plus a poem I wrote in '06. It's available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paperback and ebook.
I'd had the idea for 'The Market-Frankford Line' for a while. I knew it was a bit of a deviation from my usual material, but I felt it was a story that needed to be told. When the folks at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (who'd recently purchased my story 'The Truth' for their Vonnegut tribute) announced that they were compiling a book dedicated to Bukowski, I thought it sounded like a good excuse to get it down.
I decided to employ some Bukowskian methods for the execution. One rainy Saturday afternoon, I sat down with some cheap wine, classical music on the speakers (I think Beethoven, or maybe Mozart), and wrote the whole thing in one sitting. A year later, here we are.
It goes without saying that if you're a Bukowski fan, I think you'll dig this one. However, those of you who are rolling your eyes at the drop of the man's name and picturing a chauvinistic circle-jerk: you're the ones I REALLY want to read it. You might be surprised, and pleasantly at that.
Anyway, you be the judge.