16/08/1920

Charles Bukowski was born 100 years ago on this day. if Martians ever wondered about the nature of modern humans on planet Earth his books would defo be among the most invaluable resources at hand–belonging as he does to that precious and rare club of creators who shared more truth through their art than fart. Here is to Buk and to his hard and immortal lines.

The Still Small Vote

One of the most touching and inspiring figures of the 20th century is a writer who is considered to be and indeed is popular for being one of the rawest and most apathetic writers of the 20th century. Even today, still too few and not too many truly appreciate the sensitivity and delicate sensibility that he actually possessed and embodied and expressed. But this is just the way it is and has always been: the more honest and transparent a person gets, inevitably: the more others will relate to this person as they relate to life in general—which is to say: the more they’ll project their own confusions and petty frustrations onto this person. We still have difficulty with ‘’gambling‘’ (i.e. taking chances) and contending with the truthful and the real. No wonder ‘’everybody is always angry about the truth / even though they claim to / believe…

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