Subj: Jack Liffey
Raindog, Lummox Press, is in San Pedro.
I wrote a piece for Salon magazine’s My Brilliant Career series on Charles Willeford called “7-Level Thinking.” Salon rejected it. Raindog published it in Lummox.
Salon also rejected a piece called “Buk, Rhymes with Puke,” about Charles Bukowski. I sent John Martin, Black Sparrow Press, a courtesy copy and he published it as a small, gratis booklet to give to supporters of the press under the title Charles Bukowski.
He paid me five copies of the booklet.
I don’t have any left. I gave all mine away.
Willeford was a master sergeant. Master sergeants used to say, “That’s 7-level thinking, son.”
Dennis McMillan, who published Kent Anderson, said he and Willeford both
thought I could write but I would never be published by
I took that as a compliment, to be called off the wall by Charles Willeford.
LitVision Press published a book of mine called Bukowski Never Did This: A year in the Life of an Underground Writer and His Family.
It used to be available from Amazon.com
I liked your book.
Bukowski Never Did This is about working as a grant writer at a mental health center and posting Bukowski Never Did This online, daily, as I wrote it, and worrying about being fired for writing about work, or writing on the job, as I had been fired from my last job, as a technical writer, for writing about work, or writing on the job.
Sacked and blacklisted.