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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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I wouldn't describe his work as realism only as a type of "subjective realism" where the truth of the matter is only true for him.

He’s a decent tie in for those interested in the beat generation and those looking for irreverence in everything. Which makes the book weirdly enjoyable, because it is so damn uncensored and raw, a blend of honesty and bat-shit crazy that makes a brilliant read.The Free Press circulation of nearly 100,000 gave Bukowski the largest consistent audience he would ever have. 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. Others were sad to me, such as a vivid recounting of how years of beatings and other abuse turns someone into a living but kind of mostly dead person.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. For instance his shirt cardboard reflections, 'if you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence', in other societies and circles, the test of friendship would not be so extreme, but in Bukowski's world, a jail sentence would suffice as best a test of friendship as you can get.

There is a sequence in "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" where a painting instructor gives a young Bukowski brushes and paints (he didn't bring his own), and instructs him to paint a vase, just like his classmates. He also speaks for the thoughts and actions of humanity that is not dogmatic idealism, some people are embarrassed when they fart, but imagine if they farted and had a follow through? Bukowski has morality and ethics, but they are measured within a tawdry urban world that is collapsing inside itself. The Auditory-Visual Integration of Anger is impaired in Alcoholism: an Event-Related Potentials Study". Overall, I think Bukowski is an interesting character in American literature and I enjoy his short stories in small doses.

Its main aim was to support and influence the non-conformist countercultures which were thriving throughout the 60's underground of America. Eventually he was able to move out on his own and began entering drinking and gambling contests because he found he was very good at it. an intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.

Like he was always aware of what he should’ve been and how he wasn’t measuring up to those expectations. At one point, someone says to a Bukowski self-insert character, "It doesn't matter whether your stories are true," to which Bukowski replies "They are. However, you did provoke a smile here and there, mostly when you were sober, and I will grant you 3 small stars for you many wordplays. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975) and Pulp (1994), all available from Virgin Books.

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