By Charles Bukowski
An ideal accompaniment to Bukowski's letters, this selection of either tales and poems grants extra bang for the greenback -- a whopping 402 pages of Bukowski's detailed voice. He can spin you a yarn along with his tale or poem similar to he's sitting there having a lager with you. A vintage American author who'll wager his backside greenback at the operating stiff and the cruel occasions -- his Muses -- utilizing the language of a real visionary. when you haven't learn Bukowski, isn't it time you begun?
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I pulled back the neckline of the dress. To the side of the girl’s sternum lay two pink crisscrossing weals, which formed a raw X. I let go of the dress and she lay back with stiff arms, eyes closed. Her chest vibrated, a slight buzzing like an alarm. A few seconds later the chest buzzed again. A pacemaker, I realized, and a badly installed one at that. Its clock-like shape visible beneath the skin of her chest. The girl was nothing like me, I was certain. The hem of her slubby dress covered her shins.
I would give the girl what she needed (water, apples) for free; I would cut her dependence on the man and not only because I hated him. The details of this plan began to work through me, a kind of comfort meal that, after a difficult start, I began to digest. I woke several times to reassure myself I would steal the girl to end her suffering. No one knows why even forest animals engage in altruistic acts, when they do. Helping others is only a confusion of identity, a 35 ploy on the self, a rewinding of one’s own life.
He had lost his last chance to go driving in the hills with her; he would meet his sister. Other relatives had cheated him out of his inheritance money because they never had the decency to go by the rules. His mustache moved as if an entire puppet. I didn’t want to acquire an understanding of the man’s life, or sympathy for him. The girl stood nearby in the tallowy light of the hallway, jaw open, breathing, mouthing words to herself, a half-game of half-boredom. I did not know if she was or was not some relative of the man’s.