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Charles Bukowski

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Being a poet, article writer, screenwriter, and spoken phrase performer, Charles Bukowski plumbed such depraved areas of human nature simply because wanton drunkenness, sexuality, and brawling. For the time being, he cultivated a popularity for — you guessed it — such depraved behavior as wanton drunkenness, lewdness, and brawling. The effect was international popularity, reputation, and accolades. Delivered in Andernach, Germany, in 1920, Bukowski found america at age three and grew up in LA, where he resided for 50 years. Posting his first tale at 24 and spending a long time in run-down rooming homes, working at unusual jobs as well as for america Postal Assistance, he published almost 50 books of prose and poetry in his life time (functions that dealt mainly along with his Skid Row lifestyle). His mythic persona also managed to get onto the silver screen, portrayed by Mickey Rourke within the Bukowski-penned Barfly. He passed away in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, of pneumonia, soon after completing his last book. Bukowski was 73 yrs . old. While Bukowski supposedly hated open public shows of his function, some recordings of his readings have already been released. Probably the most widely available can be Hostage (1994) for the Rhino imprint Phrase Beat. Ruler of Poets, a assortment of house recordings arrived in 1997, while both 70 Mins in Hell (another house recording) as well as the remastered Poems & Insults, a notorious 1975 open public reading from SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, noticed the light of time in 2000.

Quick Facts


Full Name Charles Bukowski
Date Of Birth August 16, 1920
Died March 9, 1994, San Pedro, California, United States
Height 1.83 m
Profession Poet, Author, Actor, Columnist, Screenwriter, Novelist
Education Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles High School
Nationality American, German
Spouse Linda Lee Beighle, Barbara Bukowski
Children Marina Louise Bukowski
Parents Katharina Bukowski, Heinrich Bukowski
Albums Hostage
Movies Barfly, Factotum, Charles Bukowski: Bukowski at Bellevue, Crazy Love, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Poetry in Motion, Mermaid of Venice, Son Of Satan, The Man with the Beautiful Eyes, Cold Moon, Girl on the Escalator, The Suicide, Apporte-moi ton amour, Amor por menos, An Evil Town, Dr Nazi, Frozen Food Section, The Devil Was Hot, Love for $17.50, The Blanket, Nedgång och Fall, Broken-Mirror Music, Syn Szatana, Pink & Tender, The Killers, Bring Me Your Love, Horseshoe, Lonely at the Top, Lune froide, Man, A


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#Fact
1 U2's singer Bono on Bukowski: "He had no time for metaphors.".
2 He had two stories published by the time he was 24 but gave up writing shortly afterwards to work in the post office. He did not write again for ten years and did not become a full-time professional until he was 49 years old.
3 Began writing again in 1955, after surviving an almost fatal bleeding ulcer.
4 Suffered from dyslexia as a youth.
5 His first novel 'The Post Office' was published when he was 51 years old.
6 His favorite movie was Eraserhead (1977), though he disliked director David Lynch after he met him, thinking that he and his wife Isabella Rossellini, put on airs of superiority around him. Although Bukowski often claimed he hadn't seen any movie since The Lost Weekend (1945) until he got involved in making Barfly (1987), other films he said he liked were One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).
7 His literary influences included the Roman poet Catullus, the Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Fante, Conrad Aiken, Sherwood Anderson, Knut Hamsun, Ernest Hemingway, Robinson Jeffers, Ezra Pound and James Thurber.
8 Once called the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline's "Journey to the End of the Night" the greatest book ever written.
9 His widow, Linda Lee Bukowski, donated his papers to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, near Pasadena. Linda Bukowski chose the genteel Huntington, which contains a Gutenberg Bible, as she frequently visits the library. "It's going to be scandalous. This would tickle my husband. It would crack him up," Linda Lee Bukowski said of her donation, which was worth as much as $1 million. The collection of more than a thousand items includes a typed draft of his novel "Ham on Rye" (1982) with handwritten corrections, his screenplay for the 1987 autobiographical movie Barfly (1987), his first poetry journals from the 1940s, and scratch forms from horse races at Santa Anita Park.
10 Headstone reads "Don't Try"
11 Loved to listen to classical music on the radio as he wrote (and drank).
12 Was a cat fancier. One of his finest poems, "The Mockingbird," is about a cat dispatching a bird.
13 His body is interred at Green Hills Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California
14 Bukowski was arrested for being drunk in public by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 14, 1948, December 17, 1962, and on August 12, 1963. The fear of being tossed in the L.A.P.D.'s drunk tank features in his writing.
15 Bukowski was arrested for draft evasion and jailed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1944. He was released when the FBI determined it was his uncle John that they were looking for. Bukowski had been rated 4-F by the Los Angeles draft board for being psychologically unfit.
16 According to Jim Christy's "The BUK Book: Musings on Charles Bukowski," when Bukowski made his first trip to Canada in October 1976, organizers for his Western Front reading in Vancouver, British Columbia were surprised that the men in the audience were far outnumbered by women. Bukowski, who was physically unprepossessing due to the acne scars on his face and his generous potbelly, proved to be catnip to women. According to reading organizer Ted Laturnus, at a post reading party, Bukowski "was besieged with offers of congress." No matter where Bukowski went during in Vancouver, he "had to fight the women off." Bukowski wrote about the Vancouver reading in his 1978 novel "Women."
17 His only child, Marina Louise Bukowski Stone, was the product of his liaison with the poet Frances Smith, who wrote under the name FrancEyE.
18 The Crossing Guard (1995), directed by Sean Penn, concludes with a dedication to "My friend, Charles Bukowski. I miss you, S.P.".


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Devil Was Hot 2010 Video short post-production
Alone with Everybody 2016 Short
Girl on the Escalator 2016 Short poem
Vessel 2015/IV Short writer: excerpt from "On Seeing An Old Civil War Painting With My Love"
Sitting on a Fire Escape Eating Eggs 2015 Short inspired by
The Strangest Thing Just Happened 2015 Short original story
Hit Man 2014 Short story
Fuck the Forest 2013 Short original story
Charles Bukowski's Nirvana 2013 Short original story
The Laughing Heart 2012 Short poem by
Mask 2011/II Short inspired by
Mermaid of Venice 2011 Short based on a short story by
Dr Nazi 2011 Short short story
Nedgång och Fall 2009 Short novel
Encore une nuit de merde dans cette ville pourrie 2008 Short original idea
Syn Szatana 2008 Short short story
Pink & Tender 2007 Short story "Rape! Rape!"
The Suicide 2006/I Short short story
Frozen Food Section 2005 Short adapted from the poem by
Factotum 2005 novel
Um Homem 2005 Short
My Old Man 2004 Short
Son of Satan 2003/II Short
Apporte-moi ton amour 2002 Short short story
Broken-Mirror Music 2001 Short short story
Bring Me Your Love 2000 Short story
The Man with the Beautiful Eyes 2000 Short poem "The Man with the Beautiful Eyes"
Love for $17.50 1998 Short story
Horseshoe 1998 Short poem
An Evil Town 1995 Short short story
Bukowski at Bellevue 1995 Documentary
The Living Room Festival 1995 TV Series poem
The Blanket 1994
The Works III 1994 TV Movie poems
Amor por menos 1994 Short story
Lonely at the Top 1993 Short writer
Guts 1991 Short short story
Sve Zene Se Zovu Kiki 1991 Short story
Lune froide 1991 novels "Copulating Mermaid of Venice" and "Trouble with the Battery"
Love Pig 1990 Short story "Bring Me Your Love"
Lune froide 1988 Short novels "Copulating Mermaid of Venice" and "Trouble with the Battery"
Crazy Love 1987 novels
Barfly 1987
The Killers 1984
Storie di ordinaria follia 1981 book "Erections, Ejaculation, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Barfly 1987 Bar Patron (uncredited)
The Killers 1984 The Author
Supervan 1977 Wet T-Shirt Contest Water Boy (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Factotum 2005 lyrics: "I Wish to Weep", "Slow Day"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breakfast with Bukowski 2011 Short very special thanks
Nice Guy Blues 2007 Short special thanks
The Crossing Guard 1995 dedicatee
Somebody to Love 1994 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Straw 2008 Video documentary Himself
There's Gonna Be a God Damn Riot in Here 2008 Video documentary Himself
Bukowski at Bellevue 1995 Documentary Himself
The Best Hotel on Skid Row 1990 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The Charles Bukowski Tapes 1987 Documentary Himself
Poetry in Motion 1982 Documentary Himself
Personenbeschreibung 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Apostrophes 1978 TV Series Himself
Bukowski 1973 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Artbound 2014 TV Series Himself
Il falso bugiardo 2008 Himself
Jukebox: From Edison to Ipod 2007 Documentary Himself
Loren Cass 2006 Voice 3
Bukowski: Born into This 2003 Documentary Himself
Droit de réponse: l'esprit de contradiction 1982 TV Series Himself

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TitleSalary
Barfly (1987) $20,000

#Quote
1 [on Mickey Rourke's performance in Barfly (1987)] He really overdid it, you know, the hair hanging down... I don't think the kid's ever been on Skid Row, you know? When the guy walks in he says: 'OOOHHH! I'VE BEEN MISSED, I SHOULD RUN FOR MAYOR!' Didn't get it right, 'cause I'd walk in I'd say: 'Oh, I'd been missed, I guess I should run for mayor...'. See, you don't brag it, it's low-key all the time. He had it all kind of exaggerated, untrue, a little bit show off about him. So, no, it was kind of missed on. [from Bukowski: Born into This (2003)].
2 [on writing "Hollywood"(1989)] I found out that Hollywood is more crooked, dumber, crueler, stupider than all the books I read about it. They didn't go deeply enough into how it lacks art and soul and heart, how it's really a piece of crap. There are too many hands directing, there are too many fingers in the pot, they're all kind of ignorant about what they are doing, they are greedy and they are vicious. So you don't get much of a movie. [from Bukowski: Born into This (2003)].
3 I hate to go into bars anymore. I've had too much of barrooms.(...)Now I go up with my bottle and write, all alone. The company's great. Turn on the radio and type. I like looking at a novel and you don't know what you're gonna type next.[1987]
4 For a long time I had a heavy suicide complex. I went to bars to try to fight, try to get killed. It's a funny thing. When you walk in looking for trouble, you usually can't find it. Mickey Rourke, in this film, he's looking for trouble. He's doing a good acting job. I didn't really expect him to be so good. I did some drinking with him, a couple nights. He doesn't drink as much as I do. Nobody does, unless it's Linda [his wife]. She used to match me, drink for drink, calling for the next bottle.[1987]
5 The way I became a barfly was, I didn't like what I saw in the 9 to 5. I didn't want to become an ordinary working person, paying off the mortgage, looking at TV, terrified. The bar was a hiding place, to get out of the mainstream.[1987]
6 [on Barfly (1987)] What I did, for 10 years I didn't write. I drank. I lived with various women and worked odd jobs. I got some material to write about. Down to earth stuff. To use a cliché. When I was sitting in those bars, I had no idea it would come to a movie.(...)I can see people saying, the guy's a drunk at the bar - so what? They think lives should be attached to some purpose or goal. I knew the morning bartender. He would let me in at 5 a.m. I'd get two hours of free drinks before the bar opened at 7. I'd stay in the bar until it closed. I got three hours of sleep, from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.[1987]
7 [on Barfly (1987)] The way we got involved was I picked up this phone one day and it was Barbet Schroeder calling from Paris. I'm drinking, I hung up. Never heard of him. You meet a lot of phonies. I hang up, he calls back, he wants me to write a movie for him. I tell him I hate movies. He mentions $20,000. I ask him when he's coming over.[1987]
8 I like to drink and write and have the novel happen to me and I'm as surprised as anyone else. I'll be so deep into it that sometimes Linda will open the door unexpectedly and I'll scream.[1987]
9 My writing it very simple. Maybe clarity is a better word.[1987]
10 Everybody calls me Hank. Nobody calls me Charles.[1987]
11 People who drink and still function say they're not alcoholics. I don't see what one has to do with the other. Whether you're an alcoholic and whether you function are two different questions.[1987]
12 It was true that I didn't have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so? -Factotum, 1975
13 I was born in Andernach, Germany in the 1920s to an American soldier and a German mother. Moved to Los Angeles when I was about 3. I published my first short story, 'Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip', when I was 24. From 1945 to 1955, I published only a few short stories then I published my first poetry at 35. I've never been lonely. I've been in a room - I've felt suicidal. I've been depressed. I've felt awful - awful beyond all - but I've never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me... or that any number of people could....
14 "I never realized that there were so many movie magazines or magazines interested in the movies. It was a sickness. This great interest in a medium that relentlessly and consistently failed, time after time after time, to produce anything at all. People became so used to seeing shit on film that they no longer realized is WAS shit." -From 'Hollywood', on his experience writing "Barfly".
15 When I write, when I'm going hot, I don't want to write more than four hours in a row. After that you're pushing it. The horses [horse races] give me something to do. At the age of 50 I quit a job at the post office and decided to become a full-time writer. The old guy's crazy, my landlady declared, striking her head with her palm. I wrote my first novel, named "Post Office", in nineteen nights, working on Scotch and beer. I had prepared by going to L.A. City College and taking journalism. They taught me how to type.(...)I just got an electric a couple of years ago. At the first, I was a starving writer. I went from 190 pounds down to 130. Everything I put in the mail came right back to me. The Atlantic, Harper's, The New Yorker, they rejected everything. I threw it all away. I started out again, selling to the porno mags. What I used to do was, write a good story and throw in some goddamn sex. It worked. I only got one story rejected - it had too much sex! They draw a fine line. 'Bukowski,' the editor wrote me, 'nobody on earth screws that many women in a week and a half!'[1987]


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