THE ROOMINGHOUSE MADRIGALS
My favorite title of anything I have ever read about life in the city.
Los Angeles in particular, but really, any city in the world.
Whenever the Santa Ana's begin in L.A.; those weird, dry winds that kick up the still dust/sand/leaves and cause you look around for the reason, I think of BUKOWSKI.
The Whispering Wind of the soul.
The Soul of the city.
HENRY CHINASKI, the ALIAS.
Tipping back a bottle of RED, staring at some loose woman's legs dangling seductively off an old ratty couch
in the corner of a Downtown Apartment
in North Hollywood.
All the while composing a "POME" that sets the scene so well that it becomes classic the moment he sets it to paper.
This Gentleman brought the lightning.
A man like this proves that the human
spirit is indomitable, cannot be predicted nor discounted.
DRUNK. SOBER. WORKINGMAN. POET.
WRITER. COMPOSER. TEACHER. COMPANION
GAMBLER. SURVIVOR. POSTMAN. WHARE HOUSE WORKER. GAMBLER.DRUNK. SOBER.
JANITOR. BARFLY. DRUNK. SOBER.
Just like the rest of us.
But he wrote it all down.
And made a difference in my life and the lives of all who have read him.
Take your time.
He's that guy next door that you avoid for years that breaks your door down and saves you from the fire while your neighbors gather to watch you burn.
That's CHARLES BUKOWSKI.
There's a great movie called "BARFLY"
with MICKEY ROARKE.
I hated MICKEY ROARKE before the movie.
He's one of my favorite actors now.
Check out the movie first, folks, so
you'll see an accurate portrayal of
this man's life.
And if you don't like the movie, READ THE BOOKS ANYWAY.
You will love them.
Oh, yeah, at the age of 75 he challenged ARNOLD SCWARZENEGGER to a fist fight in a restaurant....
THE ROOMING HOUSE MADRIGALS. HOLLYWOOD. LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL.
WOMEN. NOTES FROM A DIRTY OLD MAN.
LAST NIGHT OF THEB EARTH POEMS. FACTOTUM. HAM ON RYE. POST OFFICE.