First time visiting /lit/. What do you guys think about Charles Bukowski? Reading some of his work currently and is pre gud
Bukowski has sparks of humor, especially in his dirty old man columns but a lot of garbage too. What happens is that, young men especially (but also some young women) end up romanticizing a lot of the garbage because it's about being drunk and living that dirty life. While they accept that there is an implicit sadness in Bukowski's life they run into its arms because they want to feel something of that "lived life." So, even where the writing is no good, what Bukowski has for sale is appealing to a certain group of people at a certain time of their life. That may be just me projecting because when I was 20 I really liked Bukowski too.
I still think that he has some funny stories and I even like some of his poetry.
have to wade through 20 crappy poems for a good one. they're all about the same shit more or less so it's tiresome.
just buy a fifth and dog ear the gems one night. that's all ya gotta do with bukowski
Hey, I was into Bukowski too in high school. Hot Water Music was a favorite. If you enjoy some of his stories that approach the surreal (can't remember the title but there's one about a skeleton dancing in a bar) you check out Kafka or Borges for more serious stories of that kind. If you enjoy the more playful side of that storytelling I definitely recommend Trout Fishing in America.