Available 15 May 2018 (Australia)
"Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way, or even to say a simple thing in a simpler way."-Charles Bukowski
In The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, Charles Bukowski considers the art of writing, and the art of living as writer. Bringing together a variety of previously uncollected stories, columns, reviews, introductions, and interviews, this book finds him approaching the dynamics of his chosen profession with cynical aplomb, deflating pretentions and tearing down idols armed with only a typewriter and a bottle of beer. Beginning with the title piece-a serious manifesto disguised as off-handed remarks en route to the racetrack-The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way runs through numerous tales following the author's adventures at poetry readings, parties, film sets, and bars, and also features an unprecedented gathering of Bukowski's singular literary criticism. From classic authors like Hemingway to underground legends like d.a. levy to his own stable of obscure favorites, Bukowski uses each occasion to expound on the larger issues around literary production. The book closes with a handful of interviews in which he discusses his writing practices and his influences, making this a perfect guide to the man behind the myth and the disciplined artist behind the boozing brawler.
Born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) is the author of over forty-five books of poetry and prose.
David Stephen Calonne has written several books and edited four previous volumes of uncollected Bukowski for City Lights.
Book Depository Description
Previously uncollected, unknown and some unpublished essays, short stories, interviews and introductions to other writers. All dealing with the subject of writing and literature from Bukowski's point of view and selected from throughout his career.
This book uniquely introduces the theme of writing itself, so important to both Bukowski's fiction and poetry, direct from Bukowski's eyes, revealing how he developed his voice.
The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way is different from Ecco's recent Bukowski's book On Writing (which only contains letters) because it explores the concept of writing through Bukowski's short stories, essays, interviews and introductions to other writers' work, thus giving a more well-rounded approach to the subject.
Includes Bukowski's introductions to several poets whose work he admired such as Steve Richmond, Al Masaryk, John William Corrington and the Canadian poets, Al Purdy and Irving Layton.
Table of Contents
Manifesto Upon the Mathematics of the Breath and the Way Tales A Dollar for Carl Larsen Hell Yes, The Hydrogen Bomb (1958) Dialogue: Dead Man on the Fence Bio from Long Shot Poems for Broke Players Bukowski Meets a Merry Drunk (NOADOM, LA Free Press, March 17, 1967) Notes of a DOM (National Underground Review, Aug 2-8, 1968 Open City, "Bukowski's Gossip Column" More Notes of a DOM (Candid Press, Nov 29, 1970) Candid Press, "More Notes of a Dirty Old Man" Dec. 13, 1970 More Notes of a DOM (Candid Press, Dec 20, 1970) Notes of a DOM (Nola Express 96, Tony Kinnard 1971) 1972 April 14, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," LAFP June 23, 1972, NOADOM, LAFP Notes of A Dirty Old Man, Open City, November 3-16, 1972 Notes of a Dirty Old Man (Nola December 8-21, 1972) Narrative Account of Career/Guggenheim 1974 NOADOM LAFP, May 17 Notes of a DOM (July 12, 1974) Notes of a DOM (LA Free Press, Aug 16, 1974) Notes of a DOM (Nov 22, 1974) LAFP, April 11, 1975, NOADOM Notes of a DOM (LA Free Press, June 13-19, 1975) NOADOM, LAFP, Feb 13-19, 1976/Feb. 20, 1976 Politics and Love Dildo Man Introductions and Criticism "Editors (and others) Write," Trace 36, March/April 1960 Little Magazines in America Introduction to John William Corrington, Mr. Clean, 1964 The Corybant of Wit (Irving Layton) Introduction to Jory Sherman Review of John William Corrington Another Burial of a Once Talent (John William Corrington) Foreword to Steve Richmond Essay on Nothing for Your Mother Nothingness Who's Big in the Littles "The Deliberate Mashing of the Sun" da levy "Charles Bukowski on Willie", Introduction to The Cockroach Hotel by Willie [William Hageman] Introduction to Doug Blazek's Skull Juices The Impotence of Being Ernest: Review of Hemingway's Islands in the Stream An Introduction to These Poems (Al Masarik) "Foreword," Steve Richmond Earth Rose, 1974 "A Note on These Poems," 1976: "Appreciation" to Al Purdy's At Marsport Drugstore "About Aftermath," 1983 "Preface", The Bukowski/Purdy Letters 1964-1974 Introduction to Horsemeat Douglas Goodwin Intro 1988 Foreword to MacDonald Carey Beyond That Further Hill "Further Musings," Half-Truth, Nov./Dec. Interviews Stonecloud Interview Berkeley Barb Interview New York Quarterly, 27, Summer 1985, William Packard, Craft Interview "Gin-Soaked Boy" Film Comment, Vol 23, No. 4, July/August 1987 Lizard Eyelid's Interview with Charles Bukowski