"Notes of a Dirty Old Man" columns

Bukowski's "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" column appeared in alternative newspapers from 1967 to 1976. First in the weekly Los Angeles paper Open City, then in the New Orleans bi-weekly NOLA Express, and finally in the weekly Los Angeles Free Press. The Free Press circulation of nearly 100,000 gave Bukowski the largest consistent audience he would ever have.

Open City

NOLA Express

Los Angeles Free Press

*Pre-Notes of a Dirty Old Man column appearance.

1967-1969 Los Angeles weekly paper Open City. 89 issues. Circulation: 35,000 copies a week. Paid $10 per column.
1969-1973 New Orleans bi-weekly paper NOLA Express. 77 issues. Not paid for the column initially, eventually paid $10, then $25 per column.
1972-1976 Los Angeles weekly the Los Angeles Free Press. 187 issues. Circulation: 95,000 copies a week. Bukowski was paid $25 per column.

"Notes of a Dirty Old Man" was also syndicated (starting with its move to NOLA Express in, 1969) though United Press Syndicate, which meant that any underground paper that was a UPS member could print the columns. Those syndicated appearances are not listed here, as they are duplicates of the columns as they appeared in the "home" papers.

Almost all of the "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" columns have been collected by City Lights Books: Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969), Erections, Ejaculations and General Tales of Ordinary Madness (1972), Tales of Ordinary Madness (1983), The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Other Stories (1983), Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook (2008), Absence of the Hero (2010), More Notes of a Dirty Old Man (2011), The Bell Tolls for No One (2015), and The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way (2018).

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