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The Captain is Out to Lunch......

.............. and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship.

By Charles Bukowski.


“I’m not in contest with anybody, have no thoughts about immortality, don’t give a damn about it. It’s the ACTION while you’re alive. The gates springing open in the sunlight, the horses plunging through the light, all the jocks, brave little devils in their bright silks, going for it, doing it. The glory is in the motion and the dare. Death be damned. It’s today and today and today. Yes.”

Ok, I may have been biased in my choice of quote from this collection of journal entries as I share Buk’s love of horseracing but it’s a typical extract from this fine collection of musings from the final years of his life in the early nineties. I wouldn’t just recommend it, I would go as far to say it is crucial reading for any fan of Charles Bukowski’s books. In it he ruminates on the topics he was best known for namely boozing, writing, going racing, the pathetic sheen of celebrity, the motions of life everybody grinds through, and finally his love for his Mackintosh computer . In the final analysis if you like Charles Bukowski treat yourself to some the man’s final observations of the world he inhabited.

“There’s a small balcony here, the door is open and I can see the lights of the cars on the harbour Freeway south, they never stop, that roll of lights, on and on. All those people. What are they doing? What are they thinking? We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”

Wise words, wise words indeed!
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Sounds a good read Dock, I'll add it to my list.

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