Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16,1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German born, American poet, novelist and short story writer, best known for his depictions of life in poor social and economic classes. A known alcoholic, Bukowski wrote about life in his home city of Los Angeles, to such degree that in 1986, Time magazine would call him the Laureate of American Lowlife.
A prolific writer, Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six full length novels, eventually publishing over 60 books. He also wrote a column in LA Underground newspaper Open City called Notes of a Dirty Old Man. The column was so contentious the FBI kept a file on the author.
Today we’ve collated the quotes we think reflect the man Bukowski was, and the dirty realism he immortalised in his writing.
‘Find what you love and let it kill you.’
‘We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.’
‘I don’t know about other people, but when I wake up in the morning and put my shoes on, I think, Jesus Christ, now what?’
‘Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.’
“Do you hate people?”
“I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.”
‘Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.’
‘Without literature, life is hell.’
‘What matters most is how well you walk through the fire’
‘You have to die a few times before you can really live.’
‘But the problem is that bad writers tend to have the self-confidence, while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.’
Sadly Leo passed away in April 2017, aged 86, but has left behind him a legacy of legendary characters still in comic book circulation today. I, personally, owe him a debt of gratitude for my first heroine of literature I looked up to: Minnie the Minx, a violent, rebel girl who hated snobby parents and boring kids.
Robert’s life was far from simple, or easy, and this is reflected in his wise and intelligent musings within his work. It is difficult to condense such a fine body of work into a small blog but we hope we have done some justice to the great writer by choosing our favourite 10 quotes from Zen…
Stare at it! For a long time… Read More
During WWII Muriel worked as a propagandist for the Political Intelligence Department for the British Foreign Office, but once the war was over she concentrated on her writing, in particular poetry and literary criticism.
Muriel considered her joining the Roman Catholic Church to be important in her development as a novelist as it apparently gave her an insight into the meaning of human existence. Her first novel was published in 1957, named The Comforters, and centred on a young woman who discovers she is a character in a novel (I have yet to read it but it sounds fascinating!).
Her most popular novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was published in 1961, which was adapted for stage and film in the 1960s, and for television in the 70s.
Muriel passed away on April 13th 2006, survived by her estranged son.
Beckett’s work often looked at the bleaker aspects of human existence and his use of black comedy and gallows humour can be seen throughout his work. Considered to be one of the last modernist writers, Beckett was one of the key figures in the Theatre of the Absurd, a post WWII designation for plays of absurdist fiction written during the late 1950s. Read More
Internet celebrities swiftly became a normal part of this cyber world; once only singers, actors, and other artists rose to the heady heights of stardom, but now it seems a reachable goal for many, many more people (and animals) than before. Even TIME Magazine is categorising this newer celebrity culture, with their own list of ‘Most Influential Internet Stars…’
This new type of celebrity has created a new genre of book, which is great news for us Reading Addicts! We can now enjoy the likes of Esther the Wonder Pig, or British YouTube stars Amazing Phil and Dan Is Not On Fire in book form.
Here are a few of the best social media stars’ books around today. Enjoy!