‘You Get So Alone at Times that it Just Makes Sense’ While I find everything Bukowski writes has something in it for me this collection has a different ‘feel’. More down, more depressed, more complaining. Not much fight left.
But since it was published later in his life, just eight short years before he died, maybe the flavor of this book is just because he’s older, worn out, and sick. His joints hurt, his liver is shot (probably), Jane is dead, the IRS is sending him letters informing him that interest is compounding DAILY and, worse, the horses are not paying off.
Don’t misunderstand, I love his work (how can there be any doubt if you’ve read my blog for any length of time) and I continue to be inspired by his insights about life, people, politics, writing and his razor sharp truth about HIMSELF.
the Master Plan © Charles Bukowski
starving in a Philadelphia winter
trying to be a writer
I wrote and wrote and drank and drank and
and then stopped writing and concentrated on
it was another
if you can’t have any luck with one thing you
and there was much competition
in that field
it was a world full of drunks and writers and
I became a starving drunk instead of a starving
the best thing was the instant
and I soon became the biggest and
best drunk in the neighborhood and
maybe the whole city.
it sure as hell beat sitting around waiting for
those rejections slips from The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly.
of course, I never really considered quitting the
writing game, I just wanted to give it a
ten year rest
figuring if I got famous too early
I wouldn’t have anything left for the stretch run
like I have now, thank you.
with the drinking still thrown in.
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