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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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This is lik a stream of consciousness from Buk and he doesn't have an editor to reign him in at all.

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. Notes of a Dirty Old Man has all the stickiness of ill mannered sex, sordid situations, crass thoughts, and broken down poetry, but it does feel good to read it, like taking hard liquor that burns the throat, once it hits the belly it loosens you up.At times, you could even say this read is entertaining, but what it is all the time, is disturbingly honest, ugly – real. As the title suggests, these are notes, and the man penning them is dirty minded and getting on in life. And after all, an intellectual takes something simple and makes it complex, while an artist takes something complex and makes it simple. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. Notes of a Dirty Old Man” is a collection of a column with the same title that Bukowski was writing for an underground newspaper, Open City, starting in 1967.

Without taking his eyes from that nonexistent spot straight ahead, he reaches into the inside pocket of his coat and takes out a small object. It is life uncluttered by the niceties and civilities of the numbed life most of us, under the confines of comfy blankets, PC's, cell phones, the latest fashions, million channel TV, etc.Your diary reminds me a bit of Celine, and maybe that was your intention, you were a man who had read a great deal. As I’ve grown older, I still feel that affection, but I am also more cognizant of the moral failings that I once excused and overlooked. i understand its a collection of essays he wrote for an underground California magazine in the 1970s (i think). Bukowski has morality and ethics, but they are measured within a tawdry urban world that is collapsing inside itself.

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