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Newly Released Book Features GoLocal’s Victor Paul Alvarez

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


An anthology featuring a foreword by GoLocal Contributor Victor Paul Alvarez was released in paperback and digital form this week.

"Long Distance Drunks: A Tribute to Charles Bukowski" is a collection of short stories and poetry honoring the Los Angeles writer who was defined by his simple and often cruel, unforgiving voice. Mainstream America discovered him when he was immortalized in the 1987 film "Barfly," starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.

Alvarez was a 21-year-old Copy Boy at The Baltimore Sun when Bukowski died 20 years ago. That night he wrote an essay eulogizing Bukowski that ran in The Sun's Sunday Op Ed section. Twenty years later, Alvarez is now a full-time freelance writer and the founder of Alvarez Publishing. His piece in the new anthology reflects on the writer he has become and the night his hero died:

"I wept alone while Baltimore lit up and got down outside of windows big enough that a man could sail into the mystic with just a few steps forward. Never would I make the trip to LA to see him in person. There was no chance he’d respond to my letters now. He was gone, and all I had of him was what everyone else had – more published works than anyone who drank that much had likely ever produced."

"Long Distance Drunks: A Tribute to Charles Bukowski" is available on Amazon, Amazon for Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publisher.

GoLocalWorcester proudly added Victor Paul Alvarez to its news staff in January.


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