Monument status recommended for Charles Bukowski’s LA house

first_img The claims that Bukowski had Nazi leanings come from poet Ben Pleasants’ book “Visceral Bukowski: Inside the Sniper Landscape of L.A. Writers.” Bukowski’s widow, Linda Lee Bukowski, said in a telephone interview Thursday that Pleasants misrepresented her husband in the book and that he cast it as a memoir rather than a biography so the veracity of his claims couldn’t be challenged. She said she and a lawyer have discussed a possible slander suit against the current owner of her late husband’s former home, Victoria Gureyeva, who has echoed Pleasants’ claims. “To call somebody that name – that ‘Nazi’ word – is so vile,” she said. “It’s a tragedy and a travesty. It’s so hurtful.” Linda Lee Bukowski also said she didn’t care about the landmarking effort, in which she has not been involved. Bukowski’s books include “Post Office,” “Factotum” and the poetry anthology “Love is a Dog From Hell.” He died in 1994.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A city commission voted today to recommend that the late author Charles Bukowski’s former home be designated a historic cultural monument, a step toward preventing its demolition. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission’s three-to-one vote Thursday sends the issue to the City Council’s planning committee. If the full 15-member council ultimately adopts the recommendation, the owners of the home would have to preserve the property. Backers of the designation argued before the commission that Bukowski wrote his major works at the home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Literary tour guide Richard Schave said the commission’s decision would give him and other supporters clout when they ask cultural institutions to help fund the site’s restoration and maintenance. “With the designation, we get a great deal of weight and authenticity,” he said. The owners, who had advertised the east Hollywood bungalow court containing the small house as a $1.3 million tear-down, sent a lawyer to the commission meeting to argue against cultural status. Attorney Joseph Trenk claimed that Bukowski had Nazi leanings and argued that the home was insignificant in his development as a writer. Trenk said afterward that he and his clients would enlist Jewish activists in their continuing fight against the landmarking.last_img

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