Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: On Writing

On Writing On Writing by Charles Bukowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very enjoyable and fascinating book of excerpts from Bukowski's correspondence -- his views on various writers and publishers, the nature of writing, the commitment to the craft, etc. Debritto does a good job of framing the excerpts in his afterword.

Particularly appealing are Bukowski's comments on prudish or politically-correct reactions to his stories and poems. For example: "The right of creation is the right to mention what does exist" in a 1972 letter to Darlene Fife. Yes.

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