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Scott & Zelda
| || ||On this day in 1948, F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, and eight other patients were killed in a fire at the Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. This was eighteen years after Zelda's first mental breakdown and eight years after Scott's fatal heart attack -- a world away from the Jazz Age they helped to define, and which helped to defeat them.|
Bukowski and the Barfly Life
| || ||On this day in 1994 Charles Bukowski died. Though dismissed by most critics, he was the Grand Old Man of the fringe presses, publishing over fifty books in a career which spanned a half-century and brought near-celebrity status -- appearances with Allen Ginsberg, interviews in Rolling Stone, sold-out readings in Europe (to which he would be able to take not the two six-packs but four bottles of good French wine), and a movie of his earlier, Barfly life.|