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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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It is a more personal and serious way for readers and fans to get to know more about the author and how he lived. according to my figures I’ve only had 2500 pieces of ass but I’ve watched 12,500 horse races, and if I have any advice to anybody it’s this: take up watercolor painting.

Overall, I think Bukowski is an interesting character in American literature and I enjoy his short stories in small doses. First in the weekly Los Angeles paper Open City, then in the New Orleans bi-weekly NOLA Express, and finally in the weekly Los Angeles Free Press. And not even because it was nasty or creepy (because let's face it, despite panic attacks and crap, I made it through Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho and if I can get through that, I think I can get through any book). Though it recycles a fair amount of "Post Office," "Ham on Rye," and "Factotum," "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" feels a little fresh for Bukowski. Like he was always aware of what he should’ve been and how he wasn’t measuring up to those expectations.I became another drunk, thinking of suicide, sitting in little rooms for days with all the shades down, wondering what was out there and what was wrong with it- not knowing whether to blame it on my father or myself or them. man, I'd like to see a good pair of shoes on every man walking the streets and see that he gets a good piece of ass and a bellyfull of food too. This collection of Bukowski’s columns for an underground LA newspaper epitomises his style of gritty realism. Because when I finally, after three days, managed to turn the last page of this 200 page book, I just didn't care. So, I guess I chose a somewhat extravagant way to say that if an alien's first touch with humanity was through this book, they'd totally kill themselves without thinking.

Barfly (the movie he wrote about his life) wasn’t bad, I watched it after reading, but then I read that he didn’t like his actor’s portrayal. Bukowski is often accused of stripping the good away from life but if you read closer you'll realize how much respect he has for life and how much joy it brings him. It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work.

As the title suggests, these are notes, and the man penning them is dirty minded and getting on in life. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski is somewhat a autobiography of Bukowski himself but also his alter ego, Henry. His work was published in Story and in other magazines, in addition to the column he wrote for the underground newspaper installments of which were eventually compiled and published by Essex House. but in the center of all this was the fact that I was living, that I had the ability to feel and the power to say no. In conclusion, this book would be exceptionally good if it didn't contain those few really disturbing stories.

Which makes for a hilarious companion, where we tend to stick around near him and cannot wait to see what he will say or do next, but never want him to be anywhere near our children. Emphasised emotions, less-philosophical-more-empirical nature of almost everything 'viciously' came under the nib of Bukowski's pen in this semi-autobiographical journal, with unusual boldness and humorous conduit.I quite liked your political statements, they showed that you after all used your intellect, what-ever-much was left of it in your intoxicated brain. This isn't a review, it's just a long winded reminder to myself about what I've read as I have a habit of forgetting certain specifics of a book after reading it. Just wondering if someone else could provide me with an alternative perspective and perhaps make me appreciate it more. It is a life I myself experienced for twenty five years, and at times it is still a preferable life to me than the desensitizing one I may live today. Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column "Notes of A Dirty Old Man" for the underground newspaper Open City.

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