This one is a bit unusual, folks. In honor of the upcoming BEA weekend, the gang at Esotouric is presenting, in cooperation with the landmark City Lights Bookstore, a special tour of Charles Bukowski's L.A. "Haunts of A Dirty Old Man" will take a lucky TEV reader on this tour which
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.
"Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's LA" spans Bukowski's personal city, from Skid Row to once-genteel Crown Hill, to Bukowski's favorite East Hollywood liquor store, the Pink Elephant. The tour also includes a stop at one of several bars notorious as Bukowski haunts.
In addition, the lucky attendee will also receive a free Bukbird beer coaster featuring Tony Millionaire's cartoon bluebird character, and a very special gift from City Lights Books, a pre-release copy of their Charles Bukowski anthology "Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944 - 1990." "Portions," to be published in September 2008, gathers many essential, uncollected pieces including his first and last short stories, and his first "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" column. Many of the writings have only appeared in 'zines, newspapers, chapbooks, and magazines. Additionally, "Bukowski - Born Into This" director John Dullaghan will be on the bus.
The tour is a $55 value and, for obvious reasons, you need to be in L.A. on Saturday, May 31 to collect. But if you're interested, please drop an email with the subject line "TO ALL MY FRIENDS" and include your full name, please. Previous winners may participate in this one, and we'll take all entries until 8 p.m. PST at which time the Random Number Generator will pick a lucky winner.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Juanita Poareo, who will be going on the Buk tour!