TYPED LETTER SIGNED - TO JON AND LOUISE "GYPSY LOU" WEBB
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1970
Book Id: 297
An original typed letter from Charles Bukowski to his dear friends and publishers John and Gypsy Lou Webb, dated 8-20-70 and signed "Buk" in blue ballpoint pen. The letter is typed on standard 8.5 X11" paper and comes with the original mailing envelope. The letter has two folds from mailing and is stained in the margins by either beer or coffee - though considering the source, it's probably beer (would you really have it any other way?). A solid half-page letter, single spaced, and of a personal nature. The letter reads: " Hello Jon and Lou - first sober day--so far--in a week. that half-century mark was a tough leap. good to get your card. any future birthdays won't matter so much. know you are busy with the Miller so won't burden you with a lot of talk. I contacted Steve Richmond, trying to get you a place down by the water so Lou won't act up. only problem with Venice is there are a lot of freaky hippy-yippie types. I don't mind a real hippie who slams from town to town, getting jobs picking fruit or whatever the hell. we used to call them bums in my day. I was a bum. still am. got nothing against bums. but most of the Venice hippie types are of the plastic variety, paying rent and with incomes from somewhere and wandering around. so there's that. anyhow, if you want to contact Steve Richmond further, I am enclosing his letter and will put his address down below. he plays with candles but only opens the place once or twice a week. the only thing is, for all the drawbacks, you might get a very reasonable deal, since I believe his parents own the place and about half of Venice, but Steve doesn't like to hear that part, he's very touchy about it. I'm told he goes about collecting rents and gets his own place rentfree. he's a very ####### quiet, non-bullshit guy but don't touch his you-are-rich button--he apes out. I was thinking he might get you a place of your own. if you drop him a short card or letter telling him what you are looking for it might help. I told Jon (Jr.) that it's pretty ard to think about a place for you when you are uncertain and so far away. by the way, Jon Jr. and Jery Sherman were over here the other day clacking beercans. they got along very well. me, I just don't get along with many people mainly because what they are interested in or fronting doesn't bring me on. you might say it's my fault. would like to see you two though and don't you dare come to town even for a short visit without coming to see me, god dam it. stay with it, Buk." The Webb's were early champions of Bukowski's work, publishing two of his early books, "It Catches My Heart In It's Hands" and "Crucifix In A Death Hand." As letters go, this one's pretty nice, showing both genuine affection for his friends and a bit of his personal ethos as well.