Charles Bukowski/Quotes

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  1. kafka

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    "Hey pal, are you gonna finish that drink?"
     
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    "I'm a dick."
     
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    Man... Remarkably beautiful stuff.
     
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    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.
     
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    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
    joy.

    One for the shoe shine man
     
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    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.
     
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    The suicide kid

    I went to the worst of bars
    hoping to get
    killed.
    but all I could do was to
    get drunk
    again.
    worse, the bar patrons even
    ended up
    liking me.
    there I was trying to get
    pushed over the dark
    edge
    and I ended up with
    free drinks
    while somewhere else
    some poor
    son-of-a-***** was in a hospital
    bed,
    tubes sticking out all over
    him
    as he fought like hell
    to live.
    nobody would help me
    die as
    the drinks kept
    coming,
    as the next day
    waited for me
    with its steel clamps,
    its stinking
    anonymity,
    its incogitant
    attitude.
    death doesn't always
    come running
    when you call
    it,
    not even if you
    call it
    from a shining
    castle
    or from an ocean liner
    or from the best bar
    on earth (or the
    worst).
    such impertinence
    only makes the gods
    hesitate and
    delay.
    ask me: I'm
    72.




    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.
    know them.
    take them.
    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
    in you.
     
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    I have some of his poems sampled on my looper and I have one song with my band during which I fire one off.
     
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