... is scheduled
as the guest speaker for the 172nd meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene
on October 20, 2008.
on "The Bunker Hill Novels: Fante, Bukowski and Miles"
Ben Pleasent will present secret
audio tape recordings from John Fante and Charles Bukowski on
their Bunker Hill novels (e.g., Fante's Ask
the Dust and Dream From Bunker Hill, and Bukowski's Ham
Pleasants will also discuss Richard
Miles's unknown novel, The Moonbathers.
Pleasants covers some of this material
in his recent article, Swimming
About Ben Pleasants
Ben Pleasants is a Los Angeles novelist,
playwright, poet, literary critic, and renown biographer of "meat poet"
Pleasants plays include Contentious
Minds: The Mary McCarthy/Lillian Hellman Affair, and The Hemingway/Dos
Other works include: Visceral
Bukowski: Inside The Sniper Landscape Of L.A. Writers (with Digby
Diehl); A Gin-Pissing-Raw-Meat-Dual-Carburetor-V8-Son-of-a-Bitch from Los
Angeles: Collected Poems, 1983-2002 (a collection of poetry by Dan Fante,
Joyce Fante, Michael Napper, and Ben Pleasants); 53 Stations of the Tokaido;
Airmail from Oblivion, and a recently published monograph, Rexroth, Bukowski
and the Politics of Literature (The Beat Scene Press, Coventry, England
2007), available online at 3 AM Magazine.