Guided Reading Meditation #4: [Bukowski, Dunno + more]

Welcome to one hour of uninterrupted reading to end yet another week in 'paradise'. [IF YOU'RE READING THIS BEFORE 10 PM IST, JUNE 20TH 2021, CLICK BELOW TO SWING BY A LIVE READ-ALONG ON CLUBHOUSE...]

As always, happy reading!


ONE SHORT STORY

Factotum (noun) - ‘A man who never had a job he liked; and never kept a job he had.’ Also, one of the more honest novels ever written.

In Bukowski's pseudo-autobiographical masterpiece, the protagonist Mr Chinaski - a broke, nomadic, struggling writer in his 20s - drifts across the American heartland in the 1940s, bouncing from one job to another in order to survive.

The jobs - packing magazines at a magazine publishers' distributing house, compositor's helper at a newspaper, trackman, stock boy in an auto parts warehouse, subway advertisement installer, oven operator in a dog biscuit factory, shipping clerk in a ladies' dress-wear shop, stock/shipping clerk in a bicycle warehouse, receiving clerk at an auto parts warehouse,"extra ball-bearing" at a clothing store, delivery man at a clothes manufacturer, shipping clerk at a fluorescent light fixture company, maintenance man/janitor at the Los Angeles Times, stock clerk in an auto brake supply house, truck driver with the Red Cross, cab driver trainee at Yellow Cab, shipping clerk in an art supply store, warehouse man at a "company specializing in Christmas items," "Coconut Man" at National Bakery Goods, loading dock worker and Sunday manager of the employment office at the Hotel Sans.

The story of how he got his first gig of 21 can be found in the free Kindle preview below...

I. 'Factotum' ~ Charles Bukowski (Chapters 1-4 | 1975)


ONE POEM

Recommended by Ashesh Mitra...

II. 'Funeral Blues' ~ W. H. Auden (1938)


ONE EPIC RANT

From a gem which celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend...

III. The Sam Black Crow monologue from 'American Gods' ~ Neil Gaiman (2001)


ONE CLASSIC TALE FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

From the personal archives, a long lost Soviet-era treasure digitally restored after 30 years of oblivion...

IV. 'Dunno Takes Music Lessons' ~ Nikolai Nosov (1953)


AND MORE...

plus any suggestions which crop up during Clubhouse hour...


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