RARA-AVIS: My Bukowski

From: juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi
Date: 04 Jan 2007

I read and liked Bukowski in my teens (even carrying a copy of POST OFFICE with me to the school), but then, 15 years later, I read WOMEN, PULP and a short memoir illoed by Robert Crumb (forget the title) and couldn't get past it. I don't think I finished PULP at all (it's horrible and there's no excuse for Bukowski to have written it) and WOMEN revealed - to me, at least - that Bukowski was a conservative drunk who wanted women to wear dresses and not jeans or trousers and wanted to listen only to classical music and not that awful crap called rock'n'roll. The short memoir was full of tired and pretty normal bullshit about how people lead their life to waste. Anything new?

Well, maybe I'm confusing Chinaski and Bukowski, but the books *are* autobiographical. I may give some time to FACTOTUM later on and may want to try POST OFFICE again, but I'm not very tempted after WOMEN.


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