Writers On Writing #1: Charles Bukowski – “I Was Blessed With A Crappy Life, That’s All”

(Warning: Strong language)

In 1993, American novelist and poet Charles Bukowski sat down to produce the audio recording of his classic Run With The Hunted. The following clip, which is courtesy of Blank on Blank and is an outtake from those recording sessions, sees Bukowski speak about the inspiration behind his writing style, most notably his predilection for dialogue-heavy prose and why his works focus upon everyday mediocrity and drudgery.

A man whose works tackle poor America, bouncing between menial jobs, alcohol abuse, and his failure in the bedroom, Charles Bukowski became an all-American literary anti-hero, not least for his brutal honesty and self-loathing approach to writing. He talks about how he himself became famous later in life:

“A lot of writers get famous when they’re 22/23, and then they’re in a literary world of going to cocktail parties — and nothing’s happening but that, so they miss out on the manure pile.”

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