Few are the writers who have managed to make cult status seem like super- stardom. Arch-literary outsider Charles Bukowski (), with. Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer. . In the autobiographical Ham on Rye Charles Bukowski says that, with his . books, with Bukowski supplying the writing and Crumb providing the artwork. .. Hypocrite is King: Defining Dirty Realism in Charles Bukowski's Factotum". 30 books based on votes: Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski, Post Office by Charles Bukowski, Women by Charles Bukowski, Factotum by.
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One of the best Bukowski poetry books from his mid-period. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
Charles Bukowski had given up his job at the Post Office by this point and begun to experience the first benefits of his growing fame. As its title suggests, Septuagenarian Stew was written at the age of seventy, but none of his verve has gone. In fact he produced some of his best poetry in his later years.
That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.
The quality was noticeably lower than Bukowski's typically high standard. I wasn't surprised to find out that the book is mainly made up of poems that were not published during the writer's lifetime - I can certainly see why many of them were rejected at the time. Generally speaking, I would advise anyone to be wary of poetry published only after Bukowski's death.
Yes, he was a prolific writer, but not everything that he produced was golden, and he himself was very careful when alive not to publish everything. There are women who can make you feel more with their bodies and their souls, but these are the exact women who will turn the knife into you right in front of the crowd.
Of course, I expect this, but the knife still cuts. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. They know. He never censors himself, he's offensive and crude and true to the life he's known, and you can feel that in every word — you can feel the difference between this stuff, that is done out of honesty, and the kind of writers who are putting it on to sound tough and gritty. Besides, it pays to be crude, buddy, it PAYS. Women like bulls, children, apes. The pretty boys and the expounders upon the universe don't stand a chance.
They end up jacking-off in the closet. They know he's scared. Well, we're all scared but we go ahead. What I love, what I absolutely love about this passage is that in a sense I don't really agree with any of it, it's the kind of macho bullshit that appeals when you're a kid, at the very least it's misleading, arguably pretty sexist, and so on and so forth, but he feels it, and he writes it down, and he pushes the thought right through until — he hits something aphoristic.
The last line or two there is excellent, and he earned it. You can see him earning it. The writers he admires are the ones who, in his assessment, have lived life and not just written literature. There have been some breakthroughs through the centuries, of course—Dos[toyevsky], Celine, early Hem[ingway], early Camus, the short stories of Turgenev, and there was Knut Hamsun— Hunger , all of it—Kafka, and the prowling pre-revolutionary Gorky…a few others…but most of it has been a terrible bag of shit.
The ones he doesn't admire are those who write for fame or academia or, basically, any reason other than compulsive necessity.
A writer is not a writer because he has written some books. A writer is not a writer because he teaches literature. A writer is only a writer if he can write now, tonight, this minute. I don't want to make rules but if there is one it is: Some people are turned off Bukowski because he swears a lot, he objectifies women, he's a bit of an asshole.
But he's so true, he's so honest, I would take this honest misogyny a hundred times over the laboured respect of someone telling me a fucking lie designed to make themselves look good, which is what, after reading Bukowski, you can't helping feeling most of literature is.
Besides, even if you don't like what he's writing about, if you're interested in writing there is so much to learn from him. Which makes a book like this an ideal way of consuming some Bukowski, and understanding the compulsion that underlies all his work — that underlies, he would say, any great work.
And when you can't come up with the next line, it doesn't mean you're old, it means you're dead. It's all right to be dead, it happens.
I yearn for a postponement, though, as do all of us. One more sheet of paper into this machine, under this hot desk lamp, stuck within the wine, re-lighting these cigarette stubs […]. This is a life beyond all mortal and moral considerations. This is it. Fixed like this. And when my skeleton rests upon the bottom of the casket, should I have that, nothing will be able to subtract from these splendid nights, sitting here at this machine.
View all 17 comments. Aug 04, Vincent rated it it was amazing. I read a lot of Buk in the 90s and had to take a very long break from the guy. I think it's time to go back to the old drunk. Like Byron, Bukowski's letters are as much, and often more, fun to read than his poems. They reveal a lot about the guy that both confirms and destroys his legend.
Worth the read for many reasons, high among them his take down of literary fads and those who write for fame. Repetitive but refreshing. View all 3 comments. Mar 10, Cbj rated it it was amazing. This book is more than pages of Bukowski's letters in which he writes to various people mostly editors of magazines about what a great writer he is and how all the other writers and poets are just frauds. It is great entertainment.
And also very profound. I understood why Bukowski is a hero for some people in the American alt-right. There's a fierceness in the street, a hatred. The trouble with the white race is that too many of them hate each other; this is true in other races but not to our degree. We lack the cohesion of Brotherhood. The only thing that we have is a certain terrible brain power and cleverness and the ability to fight at the proper time, the ability to out-trick, out-think, and even out gut the opposition.
No matter how much the White man may hate himself, he is simply gifted, but it maybe ending for one reason or the another If I write badly about blacks, homosexuals and women it is because those who I met were that. There are many "bads" - bad dogs, bad censorship; there are even "bad" white males. Only when you write about "bad" white males they don't complain about it. And need I say that there are "good" blacks, "good" homosexuals and "good" women?
His honesty is admirable. Writing of this does not mean the author condones rape, even if it is written in the first person. The right of creation is the right to mention what does exist. I even know some women - personally whose greatest desire is to be raped. Creation is creation.
For instance, just because a man is black does not mean he can't be a son of a bitch and just because a woman is a woman does not mean she can't be a bitch. Let's not censor ourselves out of reality from a goody-goody stance.
Jan 10, Mehrzad M. May 28, Michelle Curie rated it liked it Shelves: This book was my introduction to Charles Bukowski. It contains a collection of letters, dated from to , in which he talks about writing.
This includes his own and other authors' publications as well as the process of writing itself. As a little bonus you get to see some of his quirky illustrations.
My knowledge of Bukowski was limited, yet I think I know more about what kind of person he was now. First of all, I feel it's save to say that he held some strong opinions in a very black-and-white way: This doesn't necessarily make him a likable, but definitely an interesting character. Another fact I gathered was that Bukowski was a man who lived for his art. Writing came as natural to him as breathing and it was interesting to see how his voice barely changed over the span of the almost 50 years this book covers.
It didn't take long to figure out how highly he valued his alcohol.
He doesn't even try to hide it, instead his red wine bottle is something like a re-occuring character in his letters, which is almost something to chuckle about.
But he's open about it: Meet more women, get into more jails Aug 16, Clint rated it it was amazing. Lackluster editing and wish they would have printed the full letters instead of fragments. Doesn't compare to the three volumes of letters released by Black Sparrow in the 90s, but nonetheless, Buk's 5-star voice, wisdom, humor, and honesty remain. View 1 comment.
Superbly honest - Love this man not for the uninitiated. Must-read voor fans van Bukowksi, en voor alle liefhebbers van oprechte, goede literatuur, in feite voor iedereen met een greintje verstand en goeie smaak. Ik ben blij dat ik niet alles van Bukowski gelezen heb in mijn jeugd. Daardoor is er altijd nog iets nieuws te lezen. Het is dan ook altijd een plezier, hij blijft 'deliveren'.
Deze verzamelde fragmenten uit brieven schetsen een beeld van Bukowski's visie op schrijven, schrijver zijn, literatuur etc. Ongezouten, licht gemarineerd soms, geeft Must-read voor fans van Bukowksi, en voor alle liefhebbers van oprechte, goede literatuur, in feite voor iedereen met een greintje verstand en goeie smaak.
Ongezouten, licht gemarineerd soms, geeft hij zijn mening. Het is duidelijk dat hij altijd schreef vanuit dezelfde drang en overtuiging. Bovenal is zijn mening prikkelend, inspirerend, eerlijk.
Bukowski is meer dan een schrijver, hij is een gids, een zwalpende gids weliswaar, maar geen aarzelende, geen schijnheilige, geen pseudogids. Hij volgt zijn eigen instinct, hij volgt vol overtuiging zijn eigen weg. Leuk te lezen dat we enkele favorieten Voyage Bukowski wordt niet zelden geroemd als schrijver van het ondergrondse, zatte, arme, low life Amerika, terwijl hij voor mij om zijn geniale stijl, flow en humor alleen alle eer verdient.
Met fans van Bukowski is het altijd leuker aan de toog hangen, ook, trouwens. May 08, Eve Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: I think some writers do suffer this fate mainly because at heart they are rebellious and the rules of grammar like many of the other rules of our world call for a herding in and a confirmation that the natural writer instinctively abhors, and furthermore, his interest lies in the wider scope of subject and spirit.
I thought I would learn something or that there would be more on Bukowski's views on writing and different authors and his methods or whatnot. Well it was him mostly writing about wanting to get something published or how something wasn't published or what he's been doing recently. And I always lose everything-jobs, women, ballpoint pens, fistfights, requests for grants from The National Foundation of the Arts, so forth His trail of thought breaking is also lovely to read about as I suffer from that illness myself.
There are men who rape and men who think of rape. Writing of this does not mean that the author condones rape, even if it is written in the first person. I've read very little literature about that stage of life that didn't make me a little bit sick because of its preciousness. I am trying to luck it into the balance, like maybe the horror of the hopelessness can create some slight background laughter, even if it comes from the throat of the devil Without alcoholism or extreme poverty I can still relate to a vast variety of Bukowski's thoughts.
Growing up is still hard for me, has been too. This life seems to me more like I'm just getting by or constantly getting over something. Getting through or coping. Reading someone else express the same feelings you're experiencing is liberating.
Without that release I would probably be a suicide or popping pills at the nearest mental institute. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Enfin Bref. Pourquoi vous buvez? C'est destructeur. Mar 07, Alex Kudera rated it it was amazing. On Writing includes some fine letters, some that read like short stories in themselves. He rolled the dice at age 50, and it paid off.
Sep 02, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Then, I decided to try On Writing , plod away on letter at a time. The thing about Charles Bukowski when you pinpoint it is that writing was simply his life, not even the journey of being a writer, but writing one line after the other down on page.
That's startling clear as you read through his letters over the span of decades, that even when he's getting older and reminding the letter receiver of his age on frequent occasion and still hasn't 'made it', he says he'll just give it another ten years. He's funny, sharp, honest, simple. He cuts to the chase, calls everything exactly as he sees it, regardless of how brutal and scathing that may be I'm looking particularly at poets-cum-creative-writing-teachers. I guess, the one thing I really took from it was his dedication to the writing when he was 'lucky' enough to be struck by it, and his unmoving approach to that.
Is it an insight more than a collection of snippets? I'm not sure. I do feel like I got an overview of him, reinforcing much of the perception I had of him tough, dedicated, working furiously into old age rather than anything new, but it's definitely great to see his correspondences laid out as is, taking you through decades of life and writing in the space of pages.
The danger of writing "RTC" is that you forget to actually come back and write it. This has happened way too often with me, my latest mishap being "On Writing". What I loved about this book is that Bukowski not only gives you a look into his life but also the publishing industry at that time.
The majority of content in this book consists of letters Bukowski wrote to publishers, his friends and others. Though sometimes repetitive, it gives the reader a unique perspective on Bukowski and let's us un The danger of writing "RTC" is that you forget to actually come back and write it. Though sometimes repetitive, it gives the reader a unique perspective on Bukowski and let's us understand him and some of his works in more detail.
Nov 02, Trina Marie rated it liked it. Let us be fair. Apr 08, Stephane rated it really liked it. A very good insight into the world of being published and the hard labours Buk had to endure.
Apr 04, Percival Buncab rated it really liked it Shelves: How I wish Bukowski wrote a writing memoir like Stephen King did.