On authors and lowlifes
April 12, 2019
Ten things you may not know about Charles Bukowski, the lowlife laureate of Los Angeles:
He was born in Germany.
He worked in a slaughterhouse, a dog biscuit factory, and a cookie factory. (not sure which ones allowed free samples!)
The FBI arrested him for draft evasion during WWII. (He later failed the psychological exam and was classified unfit for service)
While in jail, he shared a cell with Courtney Taylor, who would later appear on the FBI's ten most wanted list for forging checks. (and draft cards!)
Many years later the FBI monitored his underground newspaper column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man. (No word on whether J Edgar Hoover personally assigned the agent to read it!)
His first novel, The Post Office, was written when he worked for the post office. (How cool would it be to discover Charles Bukowski delivered your mail?)
He not only wrote the screenplay for Barfly, a film based on his life, he also made a cameo as, what else, a barfly! (He actually has a lengthy IMDB page!)
He liked to drink during his poetry readings (and most other times), and audience members would often pass beer to him during the performance.
Three Buddhist monks presided over his funeral, chanting below a floral banner reading "Hank." (his first name was Henry)
His gravestone reads "Don't try," which sums up his philosophy on writing, and life. (which he may have considered interchangeable)
Why am I blogging about Charles Bukowski?
Because he might have been one of the unlikeliest success stories in all of author-dom.
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If you're just a lowlife, call us anyway. You probably have some pretty good stories.