Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook is written by Charles Bukowski, edited by David Stephen Calonne, and published by City Lights. I’m finding a lot of the material in Bukowski’s “Portions from a wine-stained notebook” is quite the departure from most of the other works I have. Portions From A Wine Stained Notebook Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski left a lot of great writing behind. He was so prolific, in fact, that.

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Charles Bukowskione of the most outrageous and controversial figures of 20th-century American literature, was so prolific that many important pieces were never collected during his lifetime. Portions is a substantial selection of these wide-ranging works, most of which have been unavailable since their original appearance in underground newspapers, literary journals, even porno mags.

Among the highlights are his first published short story, “Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip”; his last short story, “The Other”; his first and last essays; and the first installment of his famous “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” column. The book contains meditations on his familiar themes drinking, horse-racing, etc. Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook is essential reading for Bukowski fans, as well as a good introduction for new readers of this innovative, unconventional writer.

David Calonne has unearthed Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebookthe previously missing link in Bukowski’s oeuvre that suddenly makes everything come clear. Among its many gifts, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook has one of the best lesbian sex scenes I ever read. I read Bukowski standing up one day in a bookstore City Lights and thought he did it too.

What Henry Miller did. When it meant something good. Fucked up, male, but incredibly true. In a distinct rhythm. Reading these stories and essays, you can hear the beating heart of the poet in every line. Bukowski never wasted a word, and this collection should go far towards shining a light on prose in danger of being lost in the shadow of its larger-than-life author. Those new to his work will have the good fortune of discovering a writer who could break your heart, make you howl, and slap you off your bar-stool you in a single sentence.

In a world long since gone lousy with faux hard-living typers and posers, he was the original. Charles Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five.

David Stephen Calonne provides a lucid and highly learned introduction to the book. No Bukophile should miss out on this book.

Using the city as a backdrop for his work, Bukowski wrote prolifically, publishing over fifty volumes of poetry and prose. He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, His books are widely translated and posthumous volumes continue to appear.


David Calonne is the editor of a previous book of uncollected Bukowski, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook, as well as a volume winw-stained interviews, Charles Bukowski: Sunshine Here I Am. He presently teaches at East Michigan University. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less.

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Absence of the Hero. Notes of a Dirty Old Man. More Notes of a Dirty Old Man: The Last Night of the Earth Poems. Review “Bukowski’s strength is in the sheer bulk of his contents, the virulent anecdotal sprawl, the melodic spleen without the fetor of the parlor or the classroom, as if he were writing while straddling a cement wall or sitting on a bar stool, the seat of which is made of thorns.

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Showing of 18 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I am going to throw out 2 fans of his. The famous internet guru, Frank Kern, and the famous author and hedge fund manager, James Altucher. Both of completely different backgrounds. When Bukowski, was churning out his famous novels in the 80’s, his readership base included the actors, Sean Penn, and Mickey Rourke. Today he, as alot of “artists” are more widely known and read after living their life on Earth.

This particular collection of his short stories gives you an idea of him, living a relatively unknown and reclusive life, before “Barfly” introduced “Hank”. One person found this helpful. Just so you understand my perspective, I’m a long-time fan: I’ve read all of the novels, all of the short story collections, and a good deal of the poetry.

This collection put me in mind of the posthumous Hendrix releases: Undoubtedly some fans will love it, but I only found a small percentage that did anything for me. Definitely not a good choice for beginners. I would say I’m a moderate fan of Bukowski, as he writes naturally, in a way one would speak thoughtfully or emotionally, but I’m a huge fan of this collection.


A must for Bukowski fans. Great read, cover to cover. Anything newly published by Hank comes close to reading rapture, especially something like this which contains his prose. The only reason this didn’t get five stars is some of the stories are redundant and some were, well, just not Nonetheless, there were some laughs, some curses, some broken bottles, and the best tale was by far his recount of meeting his idol, John Fante.

The book collects short stories and some other early stuff too. Including books introductions for other writers and such. If you never read Bukowski’s books, this is NOT the one to begin the reading.

If you already read all of his stuff or most of itthen this is the right buy, although the quality of the paper does not meet any high standards, it’s good enough. Not every single story is a gem, but then again, it doesn’t have to be. I get a kick at the way Bukowski detractors love to groan and moan, belch and fart at every opportunity Fact is, Bukowski keeps being read, books continue to sell and sell and sell Is Bukowski the greatest writer of all time?

Although, as far as I’m concerned, as a writer of short stories, he is second to none. Ham On Rye ain’t bad either; Factotum ain’t bad either. Then, of course, you’ve got the poetry. About a third of it is pure gold–and I doubt anyone else comes close. Oh, they might try, but don’t even rate.

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Anyway, enough about that. By the way, cover design is excellent, a work of art. Whoever designed this cover is one talented individual. Cover designers seem to hardly ever get adequate credit–and I thought I’d mention it.

Thank you, City Lights. A fan til I die! See all 18 reviews.

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