Charles Bukowski is the shit. I can’t even describe how much his writing resonates with me. If I had been an adult at any time during his lifetime, I would have hit that. In light of election day here’s a quote from a 1982 High Times interview (Note: I would save whales and saving the world would be cool too):
HIGH TIMES: Back to politics: Even though you say you’re apolitical, some people see political themes in your work.
BUKOWSKI: They are entirely wrong. There is no political motivation in me. I don’t want to save the world, I don’t want to make it a better place. I just want to live in it and talk about what happens. I don’t want the whales to be saved, I don’t want the nuclear plants to be broken down and taken away. Whatever is here, I am with it. I may say I don’t like it, but I don’t want to change it. I am very selfish. What I mostly don’t like is things like, I drive my car down the freeway, I get a flat tire, and I have to get out and change the goddamn thing. I have to change lanes and there isn’t any lane on the right-hand side, and I have to get to the track. So you see, I have no profound feelings, I have no profound movement. I have nothing of this wanting anything at all. I just want to brush my teeth and hope my teeth don’t fall off. I hope to get a hard-on next year. Just simple little things. I am not looking for big things. I’ll settle for small things, like the winner of the third race at the odds of three, to one. That’s all I want. Nothing very magic. I don’t want to extend beyond my boundaries.