getdownonit said:No love for Factotum? Of course Post Office and Ham on Rye are his best works, with Women mostly good as entertainment. Haven't yet read Pulp.
I haven't done Factotum yet. I've heard good things though. So far I've done "Women", "Post Office", and "Ham on Rye", plus some random poetry.
I think he was a good writer, great at what he did. So many people read his stuff and think they could write something just as good, but it's harder than it looks to come across as sincere.
Any big Bukowski fan should check out John Fante(my avatar). "Ask the Dust" is his best work and inspired Bukowski to begin writing.
Also my favorite poem by him is "To the Whore Who Stole my Poems",
some say we should keep personal remorse from the
stay abstract, and there is some reason in this,
twelve poems gone and I don't keep carbons and you have
paintings too, my best ones; its stifling:
are you trying to crush me out like the rest of them?
why didn't you take my money? they usually do
from the sleeping drunken pants sick in the corner.
next time take my left arm or a fifty
but not my poems:
I'm not Shakespeare
but sometime simply
there won't be any more, abstract or otherwise;
there'll always be money and whores and drunkards
down to the last bomb,
but as God said,
crossing his legs,
I see where I have made plenty of poets
but not so very much