April 10, 1994 |
A large gravelly head, deep-set eyes often hidden in shadow. This is either the head of some creature that staggered from its cave to tear Sinbad and his sailors limb from limb, or a profound and formidable visage that would look fine on Mount Rushmore alongside the other notables. A face like that must give a man a sense of destiny. Los Angeles poet and fiction writer Charles Bukowski, who died of leukemia on March 9 at the age of 73, managed to create a life worthy of his face.
June 2, 1996
now the territory is taken, the sacrificial lambs have been slain, as history is scratched again on the sallow walls, as the bankers scurry to survive, as the young girls paint their hungry lips, as the dogs sleep in temporary peace, as the shadow gets ready to fall, as the oceans gobble the poisons of man, as heaven and hell dance in the anteroom, it's begin again and go again, it's bake the apple, buy the car, mow the lawn, pay the tax, hang the toilet paper, clip the nails, listen to the
September 25, 2013 |
A poem by Charles Bukowski is featured in an advertisement for Dewar's, the 157-year-old blended scotch. If only the notoriously hard-drinking poet had lived long enough to reap the rewards of his endorsement. The L.A. poet died in 1994 at age 73, having lived long enough to go from being an antihero of the underground to being celebrated internationally for his writing. His life was fictionalized in the film " Barfly ," and his papers are now in the collection at the highbrow Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.
January 5, 1987 |
Barbet Schroeder's "Charles Bukowski" (screening at EZTV, 8547 Santa Monica Blvd., at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and the same times the following weekend) is a thoroughly entertaining two-hour conversation with the poet laureate of L.A. lowlife, made in 1985 for French television. This month, Schroeder, the distinguished French writer-producer-director-documentarian, is at long last to start shooting Bukowski's "Barfly," starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.
August 18, 2006 |
The low-life serenade writing style of the rebellious Charles Bukowski is an acquired taste, but the good news about "Factotum" is that you don't need to acquire it in order to thoroughly enjoy this playfully bleak piece of work. That's because "Factotum," based on a 1975 Bukowski novel, is actually a delicate melding of a trio of sensibilities that don't naturally cohere.
March 10, 1994 |
Charles Bukowski, the prolific writer and poet laureate of Los Angeles low-life whose rough-hewn autobiographical poems, short stories, novels and 1987 film "Barfly" chronicled his hard-bitten alcoholic youth, died Wednesday. He was 73. Bukowski, a cult favorite in Europe even before he achieved fame at home, died of leukemia at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, said his wife, Linda. She said that although he had suffered from the disease for about a year he had worked until recently.