FOCUS – Your Inner Bukowski

[youtube][/youtube] I’ve been noticing lately that people seem a bit weary right now. Just kind of… holding on and trying to keep their heads up until the tide turns. Los Angeles is a city with a bit of a manic depressive personality, so when times are hard (riots, earthquakes, fires, floods, unemployment, bad breakup, whatever) usually it’s easy to just look up at the sun and think, “Yeah, my life kinda sucks right now… but look at this weather! Tomorrow will be better!” Lately even the best of us seem to be struggling and feeling a bit down for an extended time, though. We’re all a little bummed that Obama hasn’t filled our lives with rainbows and butterflies yet.

Now I’m one of those annoying people who likes to focus on the good, but sometimes that’s a lot of work during times like these. What to do, what to do. Well, how about try a different approach? Let’s just embrace our cantankerous pissiness for the moment to see what it feels like, shall we? We’ve earned a few moments of it. And who better to guide us through our wallowing than the Great God of Los Angeles derelict poetry, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)? That’s right, nobody. Charles Bukowski was the king of world weariness.

First we have a little short film for you at left, starring Joel Vetsch, with actual narration from Bukowski himself reading his poem Something For The Touts, The Nuns, The Grocery Clerks, And You…. Kinda makes you want to go out there and have a cigarette and a glass of Reisling, doesn’t it? Go ahead! And then when you’re done? Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back to work. YOU ARE NO BUKOWSKI. Which is a good thing. We like this about you. Wallowing didn’t help him to fix his problems either.

[youtube][/youtube]If you feel like taking your Bukowski channeling further, we won’t stop you. But don’t just rent Barfly. Set Saturday, July 18th aside and spend the day with Esotouric as they take you to the very heart of the man himself… the streets and bars he frequented. Below are the details. Tell Kim that HiddenLA sent you! And don’t forget to order a pig’s foot or a pickled egg to go with your french dip at Philippe’s.

Event: Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s LA
What: “This tour focuses on Bukowski’s great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We’ll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for “Post Office,” the De Longpre apartment where he briefly experimented with marriage and fatherhood, one of his favorite bars and liquor stores, and many other spots. Along the way, we’ll explore the people and ideas that made up the warp and weft of Buk’s rich inner life. This Esotouric bus adventure is hosted by Richard Schave.” Bukowski: Born into This (2003)
When: Saturday, July 18, Noon to 4:00 pm
Where: Philippe’s Original, 1001 N Alameda Street, Downtown (213) 628-3781
Price: Regular price $58/person (15% off for KCRW and KPCC members), including Chandler-themed gelato from Scoops. Special offer: ride any two July literary tours for $96 (save $20) or ride all three for $134 (save $40). Contact Esotouric to reserve.
Related Tours: Esotouric’s July literary series includes CHARLES BUKOWSKI’S LA on July 18 and JOHN FANTE’S DREAMS FROM BUNKER HILL on July 25.

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