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Reads tagged with “Charles Bukowski”

Bukowski on Writing, Art, and the Courage to Create Outside Society’s Forms of Approval
Bukowski on Writing, Art, and the Courage to Create Outside Society’s Forms of Approval

“Art is its own excuse, and it’s either Art or it’s something else. It’s either a poem or a piece of cheese.”

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A Breathtaking Animated Adaptation of Bukowski’s “The Man with the Beautiful Eyes”
A Breathtaking Animated Adaptation of Bukowski’s “The Man with the Beautiful Eyes”

A visual interpretation at the intersection of the touching and the haunting.

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Charles Bukowski on Writing and His Crazy Daily Routine
Charles Bukowski on Writing and His Crazy Daily Routine

“Writing is like going to bed with a beautiful woman and afterwards she gets up, goes to her purse and gives me a handful of money.”

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So You Want To Be a Writer: Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity
So You Want To Be a Writer: Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity

“unless it comes unasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut, don’t do it.”

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Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Susan Sontag, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship
Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Susan Sontag, Harper Lee, and Other Literary Greats on Censorship

A century of conviction celebrating the freedom to read.

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Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer
Bukowski’s Letter of Gratitude to the Man Who Helped Him Quit His Soul-Sucking Job and Become a Full-Time Writer

“To not have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.”

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Charles Bukowski on the Ideal Conditions and Myths of Creativity, Illustrated
Charles Bukowski on the Ideal Conditions and Myths of Creativity, Illustrated

“Air and light and time and space have nothing to do with it and don’t create anything except maybe a longer life to find new excuses for.”

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Charles Bukowski Reads His “Friendly Advice to a Lot of Young Men” and Shares His Advice on Creativity
Charles Bukowski Reads His “Friendly Advice to a Lot of Young Men” and Shares His Advice on Creativity

“The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act.”

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R. Crumb Illustrates Bukowski
R. Crumb Illustrates Bukowski

Two grand masters of irreverence come together.

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Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life
Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

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