Arts Express: In Search Of Charles Bukowski

In Search Of Charles Bukowski

Arts Express contributor Cynthia Parsons McDaniel, tracks down Charles Bukowski, the elusive and eccentric inebriated late poet. She was working on the cinematic self-portrait of Bukowski, directed by Barbet Schroeder, Barfly. We hear Bukowski reading a poem about tulips, blue shoes, beards, and surprisingly, paper canoes.


Arts Express Book Corner

Today in the Arts Express Book Corner, we explore the link between creativity and alcoholism. Olivia Laing, a writer, takes a literary journey to explore this, in The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers And Drinking.

Olivia ventures into the inebriated mind in fiction. This is actually the second part of a two-part series. In the series, we? feature these noted writers, with original readings from their work.

Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams are two of the most celebrated.

Art History Unstuffed

Carrying on down the inebriated pathway, we hear from Professor Jean Willett, who phones in to Arts Express from LA to talk art, alcoholism and alienation.

Of note are the referenced to Karl Marx, feudalism, frolicking peasants and class contradictions. We also challenge the theories in an accompanying segment, looking at why eminent writers drink, while pondering podcasts and pause buttons.

Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.