We Love It! For Friday, September 30, 2011

Charles Bukowski

Pig! Chauvinist pig! How else could you better summarize Charles Bukowski, one of the most prolific American literary geniuses of the 20th Century? He was the quintessential outsider; he put the “I” in immoral and followed no writing style but his own — and got away with it. He capitalized full words, began paragraphs with lower cases, and feasted on fragments and run-ons. But he could. Why? Because he was Bukowski. What most draws me to Bukowski’s work is his proximity to human tragedy; his writing reflects his own life — a life of alcoholism, depression, carnal pleasures, abuse, violence, addiction and poverty, with no regard for society’s moral standards. If you’ve  never read Bukowski, I recommend ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in Town.’ I guarantee the book will make you either embrace the writer or start some kind of Mothers Against Bukowski movement. — Léo Azambuja, reporter


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