Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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Almost all of the "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" columns have been collected by City Lights Books: Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969), Erections, Ejaculations and General Tales of Ordinary Madness (1972), Tales of Ordinary Madness (1983), The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Other Stories (1983), Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook (2008), Absence of the Hero (2010), More Notes of a Dirty Old Man (2011), The Bell Tolls for No One (2015), and The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way (2018).

However, he does mention that he does not want readers to feel sorry for him, which is why he includes crude comedy along with each story. I hadn't read any Bukowski in over a year so I thought it was about time that I carried on with my challenge which is to read everything that he's ever released. It was the same reaction I had when I read those other `notes' from that other 'sky, the man himself, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Its main aim was to support and influence the non-conformist countercultures which were thriving throughout the 60's underground of America. He displays many of the outcomes that most people with alcoholism show as well: self-control problems, difficulty in identifying feelings, apathy toward external reality, difficulty in emotional processing, and more depressed and/or anxious, and a face deformed by its abuses.

Packed with violence, women, gambling and booze, Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical stories veer between hilarity and despair, as he extols the inherent beauty and futility of life. Whether he is drinking while writing his stories and poetry, or showing up to work and meetings already drunk, every story incorporates his vigorous drinking habits.

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. Oddly enough, academia and peer(pressure) groups didn’t find Burroughs to be a problem at that time. This novel is mainly dealing with gabling, drinking and whoring which Bukowski is really good at, but what I find him to be even better at is his way with words and that does not show its true colours in this book.And who are admired by the ignorant as witch men with cure when most of the time they don’t know their own arsehair from celery shreds.

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. The whores, the drinking binges, the alley fights and the insanity of the man of the streets is a life lived at its most direct and extreme. There are some really, really interesting and great short stories in this book and there are some really weird, messed-up ones which leave you saying or thinking WTF?Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five.



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