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"People come to my door-too many of them really-and knock to tell me Notes of a Dirty Old Man turns them on. A bum off the road brings in a gypsy and his wife and we talk. . . drink half the night. A long distance operator from Newburgh, N.Y. sends me money. She wants me to give up drinking beer and to eat well. I hear from a madman who calls himself 'King Arthur' and live...more
This one, though, isn't easy ...more
This was a good book to read at night while drinking pints at pubs in Seattle. A collection of "articles" from a small(?) paper in Los Angeles (?), there's no apparent chronology or order of any kind to them. If there is, it's deep an intellectual.
And after all, an intellectual takes something simple and makes it complex, while an artist takes something complex and makes it simple. (Indirect book quote)
I'm reminde ...more
Entonces poco a poco me voy haciendo con la colección de textos y relatos de Bukowski y voy armando mi colección. Claro, me encantaría leerlos en inglés, pero ahora mismo no estoy en capacidad para comprar libros. Ya he hablando y reseñado varias veces de este autor y de su peculiar visión de expresarse y ver el mundo. Entre los títulos que he mencionado están dos libros de relatos y una novela corta. En este caso es un poco diferente lo que esta libro tiene para ofrecer.
Resulta que en los a ...more
This is a collection of articles that Bukowski wrote in his column for OPEN CITY over about a 11-month period.
This book has reconfirmed for me the fact that Bukowski is best at this form of writing ...more
I think Bukowski says it best in the beginning, during his time writing for Open City, the paper was so busy that the editor often accepted Bukowski's pieces without second glance, more than likely due to his recent brush with success. If this book has taught me anything it's that editors are there for a reason. I'm no stranger to Bukowski, but this collection is just awful. The stories either go absolutely nowhere or break off into some half-as ...more
This book isn't going to be for everyone. Bukowski is an unapologetic dirty old man, as the title of the book would suggest, and positively revels in stumbling around America, drinking and fighting and having sex with ...more
A number of years ago, I watched the Bukowski-scripted movie Barfly, starring Micky Rourke as Bukowski's alter-ego, Chinaski. It's a pretty good flick, which introduces the man's proclivity for drinking and fighting, as well as his exceptional talent for writing poetry and generally being character.
Much later I read "Women", which is a largely autobiographical novel that once again uses the Chinaski character to see the world through Bukowski's eyes. ...more
I like Bukowski though. It' ...more
I was pleasantly surprised! Bukowski seems less juvenile than I remembered, and less overtly sexist than the Beats who followed him. His musings on sports, sex, and getting older seemed strangely profound at times; I think the format of the book--3 or 4 ...more
I give this book five stars for its insightful qualities into a writer I thought could no longer surprise me.
Before I took up this book, I previously read "Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness", which had given me some insight into the general style of Bukowski.
Well, suffice to say, both were quite interesting, and one story is common to both of these compilations; of course, beside the underlying theme shared amongst all of Charles' works.
In the preface, Bukowski said that all ...more
In any case, this collection of alternative newspaper columns isn't Bukowski's best work as a whole, but is still enjoyable to read. It's brilliant at times and muddy in others. I guess in that case, it's a lot like life.
"baby,in a couple of minutes I'm going to rip off your goddamned panties and show you some turkey neck you'll remember all the way to the graveside. I have a vast and curved ...more