I viewed Bukowski as only doing a limited shtick -- he rarely came into the office himself, but I knew all about him because my friend Judy Lewellen, the city editor, used to go pick up the column. I guess I hadn't understood how popular Bukowski was getting until I was confronted by a book display in London.
Unfortunately, it seems the latest return to Oz sounds it keeping with our culture's taste for the amplification and perversion of nearly everything. Regrettably, even The Wizard of Oz isn't immune from our culture's apparent erosion of innocence. It should be remembered, though, that in 1939, MGM's version of Oz was technically a remake.