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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ping-ping-clicka, Jul 21, 2021.
Have any suggestions?
Too much shock value. I read Ham On Rye years ago, but I didn't believe it could all be true. But I like anything set in L.A. in the '40s.
when I saw him he was clean and in a kind of tan suit. He did drink all the way through the reading and became belligerent before it ended, but I kind of felt like it was 'part of the expected show'... there were a lot of bro surfer types at this and he was their 'cool' icon which complicated it for me... but, he was legit... I just wasn't sure about the act.
I'd imagine his 'folks' cleaned him up for the readings maybe, but I also think Barfly was just a movie and Rourke.... like a lot of method actors, their reality IS fantasy.
I just bought a bibliography of Bukowski's books, short works, broadsides, and ephemeral things like pamphlets and zines. There are a lot of his works that were printed/published in tiny amounts.
Thanks cool stuff.
My neighbor lent me Ham on Rye at age 16. Changed my life. mherrcat took my favourite quote however there's this:
There's a bluebird in my heart
That wants to get out but I'm too clever
I only let him out at night sometimes
When everybody sleeps
I say: "I know that you're there
Don't be so sad, " that's what I said
Then I put him back but he's always singing
I don't let him die and we sleep together
Like that with our secret pact
"Hey pal, are you gonna finish that drink?"
"I'm a dick."
Man... Remarkably beautiful stuff.
One of my favorites. Too much truth for a lot of people.
He was a woman abuser/batterer. (It’s on film)
A loser with somewhat of a talent for words.
I read a lot of his stuff when I was young and my immature reactive mind found his schtick appealing.
Nah. I found I got a better type of buzz reading Pekar without all the boorishness and NPD.
the peace comes from driving a
blue 1967 Volks through the streets like a
teenager, radio tuned to The Host Who Loves You
Most, feeling the sun, feeling the solid hum
of the rebuilt motor
as you needle through traffic.
the grace is being able to like rock music,
symphony music, jazz . . .
anything that contains the original energy of
One for the shoe shine man
He wasnt really an abuser. Hank was really a caring and warm by heart kind of guy despite his appearance. He was a critic, and disliked a lot of things, but he never had any hatred in him.
The suicide kid
I went to the worst of bars
hoping to get
but all I could do was to
worse, the bar patrons even
there I was trying to get
pushed over the dark
and I ended up with
while somewhere else
son-of-a-***** was in a hospital
tubes sticking out all over
as he fought like hell
nobody would help me
the drinks kept
as the next day
waited for me
with its steel clamps,
death doesn't always
when you call
not even if you
from a shining
or from an ocean liner
or from the best bar
on earth (or the
only makes the gods
ask me: I'm
The Laughing Heart
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
I have some of his poems sampled on my looper and I have one song with my band during which I fire one off.