Charles Bukowski

Ham On Rye

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    Tamara Gulbishas quoted6 years ago
    “Are you a cynic?”
    “I’m unhappy. If I was a cynic it would probably make me feel better.”
    Lasse Nielsenhas quoted4 years ago
    Any boy who brought an umbrella to school or wore a raincoat was singled out. Most of our parents were too poor to buy us such things. And when they did, we hid them in the bushes. Anybody seen carrying an umbrella or wearing a raincoat was considered a sissy. They were beaten after school. David’s mother had him carry an umbrella whenever it was the least bit cloudy.
    Ksyusha Pavlovahas quoted7 years ago
    When I was back in my bedroom I thought, these people are not my parents, they must have adopted me and now they are unhappy with what I have become.
    fsagdihas quotedlast month
    My parents had gotten me a typewriter and I had tried some short stories but they had come out very bitter and ragged. Not that that was so bad but the stories seemed to beg, they didn't have their own vitality. My stories were darker than Becker's, stranger, but they didn't work. Well, one or two of them had worked - for me - but it was more or less as if they had fallen into place instead of being guided there. Becker was clearly better. Maybe I'd try painting
    fsagdihas quotedlast month
    The fucker looked, turned and ran off. He had a stupid ass. Two little pear-shaped buttocks wobbling, almost disjointed. But, another enemy gone.
    fsagdihas quotedlast month
    Words weren't dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you.
    fsagdihas quotedlast month
    It's too bad dogs can't go to heaven," said Frank.

    "Why can't they?"

    "You gotta be baptized to go to heaven."

    "We ought to baptize him."

    "Think we should?"

    "He deserves a chance to go to heaven."

    I picked him up and we walked into the church. We took him to the bowl of holy water and I held him there as Frank sprinkled the water on his forehead.

    "I hereby baptize you," said Frank.

    We took him outside and put him back on the sidewalk again.

    "He even looks different," I said
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    I had always been good company for myself.
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    They were just men who allowed themselves to be deprived of their freedom to think and act as individuals.
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    The life of the sane, average man was dull, worse than death. There seemed to be no possible alternative. Education also seemed to be a trap. The little education I had allowed myself had made me more suspicious.
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    No life anywhere, no life in this town or this place or in this weary existence …
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    “I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.”
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    I hated them because they had something I had not yet had, and I said to myself, I said to myself again, someday I will be as happy as any of you, you will see.
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    Throughout high school I tried not to think too much about how things might eventually turn out for me. It seemed better to delay thinking …
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn’t become obvious yourself.
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    Everybody had to conform, find a mold to fit into.
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    I had no interests. I had no interest in anything. I had no idea how I was going to escape. At least the others had some taste for life. They seemed to understand something that I didn’t understand. Maybe I was lacking. It was possible. I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    Why did I come here? I thought. Why is it always only a matter of choosing between something bad and something worse?
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    There would never be a way for me to live comfortably with people.
    rexdrblhas quoted3 months ago
    When someone else’s truth is the same as your truth, and he seems to be saying it just for you, that’s great.
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