Friday, September 3, 2010



#4 Salvatore Amico Buttaci,
talented, prolific Godfather Author
to so many in this writing community renowned as Home

#5 Leonard Cohen,
Canadian poet/lyricist of lasting influence on how our Sal spins poetry

#6 Ray Bradbury,
who pushes Sal's pen heatedly,
skating stars on Hollywood Boulevard

But WHO said ~ WHAT?

A."I lost my way, I forgot to call on your name. The raw heart beat against the world, and the tears were for my lost victory. But you are here. You have always been here. The world is all forgetting, and the heart is a rage of directions, but your name unifies the heart, and the world is lifted into its place. Blessed is the one who waits in the traveller's heart for his turning."

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B."Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things. "

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C.“The boys used to slap my bottom too back in the old days,” Mrs. Harris, who thinks she’s Miss Barrymore, tells the doctor. "Why, once my brothers John and Lionel kicked the crap out of one of those ass squeezers, then when the play ended, we three went and celebrated with a few bourbons at the bar.  Of course, John had more than a few, but that’s another story.  A very sad one, you ask me.  It was hard for John to be “The Great Profile,” the handsome rage of all women out there, and at the same time not pour himself  a few drinks.”

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A N S W E R S ~ W I T H ~ N E X T ~ A U T H O R S 
Author #4 Salvatore Buttaci:
Salvatore Buttaci, an obsessive-compulsive storyteller plies his craft many hours a day to satisfy a ravenous writing addiction. He's done this since childhood, through teaching English, into retirement and has absolutely no intention of seeking help. Buttaci poems, stories, articles and letters have appeared in The New York Times, U.S.A. Today, The Writer, Cats Magazine, National Enquirer, Christian Science Monitor,  the upcoming Harbinger*33,  Six Sentences, Pen 10. Recipient of the $500 Cyber-wit Poetry Award, Sal has a phenomenal story coming out in  HARBINGER*33  which could inspire one of his own author-mentors. That's all I can say now, but when you read it, you'll have a good idea which one. 

Author of six books, maestro of poetry workshops, past editor of New Worlds Unlimited and Poetidings, newsletter of New Jersey Poetry Society, Sal has lectured on Sicilian-American pride, sewing further family threads through the worth of his works. Powerful injections of lighthearted wit, uncanny insights and emotional depth mark this dear man's storytelling drama. "Give us more, give us more," is the captured readers' turn-the-page cry.

Sal's collection of 165 short-fiction stories, Flashing My Shorts, is available from All Things That Matter Press or direct from the publisher at AMAZON SELLS SAL

ABSOLUTELY*KATE:  Hey Sal, of course we always have kleig lights on AT THE BIJOU for your praises on refrain. Did you wish  me to mention that you live happy in West Virginia with the love of your life so that Sharon smiles all the more at you . . . and that folks can find your writings at the outtasite site ~ SALVATORE BUTTACI?

SAL: Why yes Kate, that would do me mighty fine. I'm honoured to be Author #4 of the ***100 AUTHORS OF SEPTEMBER*** AT THE BIJOU, and -- Say, where did you learn to promote so well?
ABSOLUTELY*KATE: Why, from YOU and plugger Music Mike Whitney and the master - Paul Brazill, plus P.T. Barnum of course, Sal. Only the Best add to true hyping showmanship in my promotional publishing ventures.
SAL: You said it Kate! ---- But WAIT! I have a request for AT THE BIJOU readers ~
  "You haven't ordered My Book Yet? How come?"
  Sal says, in a real nice voice, "ORDER MY BOOK NOW!"
I'm not arguing ~ Sal's Sicilian and has a pirate in his past. 
Here you go again,  folks ~

   From AMAZON.COM at       
   or Kindle Edition  at

The generous talents charming the spirit of Sal Buttaci has earned him the honour of Godfather to Authors as we hoist the mains'ls in September of HARBINGER*33, the quantum book as well as manifesting destiny of 33 stellar Authors who shall be read more . . . and more, surpassing mere horizons.  Inspirationally, Sal's a steady tiller on our starboard side as we set off on the voyage of what happens to 33 who chose to take all fellow shipmates the higher as they page their talented craft . . .  Join me please,  in pleasing yourself, with Godfather Sal's prose and poetry at THE POEM FACTORY or new promotional writing site, FLASHING MY SHORTS, plus of course in the upcoming HARBINGER*33 book and sensation, sure to shake some shelves and shiver some timbres.

SAILING DESTINY ~ Laurita Miller design

~ Humbly

~ Absolutely*Kate

Author #5 Leonard Cohen:
Poet, Prophet, Singer/Songwriter, Novelist, Eternal Optimist dubbed the Godfather of Gloom?  Why yes, all that and more ~ to be prolific is to let an expressor's inner voice reach all the worlds it speaks to . . .  Known widely in the world for how he's added to music, the dual-spirits of Cohen's writings are what linger yet more melodically. Leonard was born quite Jewish in Montreal, feeling both burden and blessing of his name ~ "kohen" = priest in Hebrew. From strong traditions, plus a Rabbi grandfather, influences of Judaism reflect their parameters through much of Cohen's prose ~ both for and against.   

When his successful singing career made memorable music, Cohen felt the urge to create and publish as well. Contemporary psalms addressing God with praise vs anger, trust vs doubt as "Book of Mercy" weave this writer's tandem threads to speak from psyche/soul to a God both ever present, yet mystifyingly silent.

Like a bird on a wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried, in my way, to be free.

 ~ "Bird on a Wire," from Songs from a Room 

Folk music, cabaret music and synthesizers flow through the deep bass base of Cohen, musically. Metaphoric complexity takes song-craft into poetry and novels interplaying words, themes, isolation and the flip side -- interpersonal relationships.

Flip all the sides of the coin of cohesive 
Cohen to read, hear, know him best. 

~ Absolutely*Kate, exploring Authors

Author #6 Ray Bradbury:
This Illinois boy, lauded as the Godfather of 20th Century Science Fiction, has a fear of flying and operating vehicles, along with the legacy of a great-great-great grandmother who saved herself from hanging in the Salem witchcraft trials.  When a rough kid heckled this kid to trash his comic books and science fiction stash, young Ray was lost and empty, feeling he'd rejected his very best friends. Immediately he rebuilt his vast collection and never looked back. Later in life, four lovely daughters received Daddy's Arthur Conan Doyle style of bedtime storying - "Hound of The Baskervilles". The Bradbury way of being ~ all swirls the psyche, doesn't it?

When his family had moved westward ho to LA, young Ray rollerskated Hollywood in search of celebrities. Years later the mutual admiration society rollicked true when Fellini embraced Bradbury as "My Twin". But the boy heckled for science fiction fanaticism, the young man whose short stories were scathed by a publisher with, "Bah, you'll never be published!" knew to keep on keeping on. Always writers' way, eh? Handwritten notes and outlines accompanied Ray's burgeoning pockets to his local public library where he plunked away on a rented typewriter to complete the original manuscript of a novel initially called "The Fireman". In an authenticity check, he phoned the local fire department inquiring what temperature paper burns ~  "Fahrenheit 451". There's always the willful way, inspiration's way, when a writer just has to write . . . and write . . . and write.
Ray Bradbury -- man who wished to be actor -- learned from reading Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, published stories in fanzines and pulps . . . met his true life's love in a bookstore, of course. His short story collection based on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, "The Martian Chronicles" shot fame his way, and -- as shooting stars tend to do . . . Ray kept ascending.  

This is where I mention an asteroid has been named in his honour, quirky segway of truth meets cosmos - 9766 Bradbury. Novels have been adapted to films. Alfred Hitchcock's TV series graced by Bradbury writing . . . and over 600 short stories, 30 books, poems and plays, awards and honours prolificate this Sci Fi giant's literary success, marked the more by a star where Ray rollerskated on Hollywood Boulevard ~ The Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ray's still shining in LA. He writes daily.
~ Absolutely*Kate, exploring Authors

Read on daily for more
   Septembering, as

salutes 100 AUTHORS

to mark new verves and storyline starts
in all wranglin' writers' big  thriving hearts!

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A N S W E R S ~ P R E V I O U S ~ A U T H O R S

  Author #1 Anthony Venutolo
Author #2 Jack Kerouac
Author #3 Charles Bukowski

~ Absolutely*Kate
and our fine staff of renown



Laurita said...

Another fine group of three (and nice to see a Canuck in there). Just happened to be reading Bradbury as I strolled by. Coincidence?

Mal said...

Gosh what a Fantastic group of Talented Authors you have Lassie Kate , all dedicated to enriching our minds & Stimulating the senses - so excellent.