We mention John Fante because he and Charles Bukowski are often mentioned in the same breath. Both wrote about Los Angeles. Both did not write travel brochure-ready tales of our city. Both understood the complicated forces pulsing just beneath our palm-lined boulevards. They got troubled people and lives on the edge.
Now fans of Mr. Bukowski, who passed away in 1994, are asking that he be honored via a postage stamp. Which makes perfect sense, as the author also spent time as a mail carrier.
No surprise that the Esotouric people are at the center of this commemorative push. They are, in fact, leading a Charles Bukowski tour on Saturday, April 24 entitled "Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles."
Stamp backers are asking for the release to happen around the 20th anniversary of the author's death, in 2014; get more info on the petition and follow what's happening here.