People simply empty out

In 1969, publisher John Martin offered to pay Charles Bukowski $100 each and every month for the rest of his life, on one condition: that he quit his job at the post office and become a full-time writer. 49-year-old Bukowski did exactly that, and just weeks after leaving work finished writing his first book, Post

Please send in your letters

When, in September of 1965, it was suggested to Charles Bukowski that a collection of his letters would be an attractive proposition for publishers and the reading public, the legendary poet quickly set about recovering as much material as he could by way of the following form letter — written in his own inimitable style

May we all get better together

In 1985, following a complaint from a local reader, staff at the public library in the Dutch city of Nijmegen decided to remove Charles Bukowski’s 1983 collection of short stories, Tales of Ordinary Madness, from their shelves, whilst declaring the book “very sadistic, occasionally fascist and discriminatory against certain groups (including homosexuals).” In the following

Don’t try

Image: Criminal Wisdom In a letter to good friend, fellow poet, and founder of New York Quarterly magazine William Packard in 1990, then-70yr-old Charles Bukowski discusses the art of writing, reiterating his belief that a writer’s words and ideas should come naturally, and not be forced. Four years later, Bukowski passed away. Carved into his headstone are

Barfly, I love you

Prior to the release of Barfly in 1987, its writer – the late, great, Charles Bukowski – wrote the following ‘letter from a fan’ as a public show of support for the film’s production. In it, he speaks highly of the filming process under Barbet Shroeder‘s direction; makes clear his admiration for Mickey Rourke, the