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10 thoughts on “Post Office

  1. Jenn(ifer) Jenn(ifer) says:

    Okay I can already hear the “booooos” from the Mitchellites saying “how can you give Cloud Atlas two stars but you give THIS four stars?” I will tell you how It’s simple really I thought Cloud Atlas was “okay” whereas I “really liked” this one That’s all there is to it So here we goThis book made me want to drink A lot I mean a lot a lot And it made me laugh A lot Now you know; my secret is out – I am a twisted depraved human being who enjoys reading the thoughts of a dirty old man And I’m okay with that I’m not going to read Bukowski for profundity; I’m going to read him when I need reminding not to take myself and life so daggone seriously I mean sometimes it’s just a good idea to let your hair down and read a bit of trashy boozy fun Let's call it making yourself well roundedThis is his world folks enter with caution Just be careful not to touch anything you don't know where it's beenI enjoyed the fact that as I read the book I didn’t feel like I was really reading I felt like Bukowski was telling me a story I could hear his gravelly voice and smell the whiskey on his breath Some people might refer to his style as “conversational” others “raw” To me his writing was simple like the everyman telling his tale If the everyman is a pervy drunk I like that You know what else I like about Bukowski? He doesn’t overstay his welcome I like a man who knows when to shut the hell up And that ladies and gentlemen is my cueOh wait in the immortal worlds of Modest Mouse and yeah I know he's a pretty good read but God who'd want to be such an ahole?


  2. Paula Paula says:

    is it just me or does reading bukowski make you want to listen to tom waits too? finished post office last night and this morning listened to small change on the train here are the opening lyrics to I Can't Wait to Get Off Work And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue I don't mind working 'cause I used to be jerking off most of my time in bars I've been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda fountain jock jerk And a manic mechanic on cars It's nice work if you can get it now who the hell said it? I got money to spend on my gal But the work never stops and I'll be busting my chops Working for Joe and Sal And I can't wait to get off work and see my baby She said she'd leave the porch light on for me I'm disheveled and I'm disdainful and I'm distracted and it's painful


  3. Brent Legault Brent Legault says:

    Bukowski was once an idol of mine I've since grown up He took himself too seriously while pretending that he didn't And he was practically talentless He had spunk and a surprising surprising because of all the booze work ethic but an ultimately boring sense of humor His words are like what Hemingway would have thrown away Bukowski was America's greatest one trick pony Or perhaps that's giving him too much credit He might have had only half a trick like that uncle of ours who used to steal our noses After a while it's not even worth trying to get your nose back You just want your uncle to pass out so he'll stop bothering you


  4. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    It began as a mistake No writer has written about the hoodlums the lowlifes the lost souls the unemployed the castaways etc etc beautifully than Bukowski He hasn't pitied them like Dickens would He hasn't detested them either He has made us live their lives talk their talk walk their walkThe charm of this book lies in the relentless attachment of Chinaski to the US Postal Service as he puts in thankless hours on the trot in pursuit of a life drowned in alcohol cigarettes race horses and obviously womenBackgroundThe novel is a semi autobiographical account of Bukowski's years working as a carrier and sorter for the United States Postal Service the novel is dedicated to nobody Post Office introduces Bukowski's autobiographical alter ego Henry Chinaski It covers the period of Bukowski's life from about 1952 to his resignation from the United States Postal Service three years later to his return in 1958 and then to his final resignation in 1969 During this time ChinaskiBukowski worked as a mail carrier for a number of years After a brief hiatus in which he supported himself by gambling at horse races he returned to the post office to work as a sorter “What's wrong with assholes baby?” Jane Cooney Baker the love of Bukowski's life is mentioned in the text as Betty Bukowski's first wife Barbara Frye is portrayed as Joyce a wealthy nymphomaniac Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway in the film Barfly Dunaway's character Wanda was based on Jane Cooney Baker “In the morning it was morning and I was still aliveMaybe I'll write a novel I thoughtAnd then I did” In December 1969 John Martin founded Black Sparrow Press in order to publish Bukowski's writing offering him 100 per month for life on condition that Bukowski would uit working for the post office and write full time for Black Sparrow Bukowski agreed; three weeks later he had written Post OfficeNote Trigger warnings for rape and misogyny


  5. Arthur Graham Arthur Graham says:

    Why is reading Bukowski so much enjoyable when you've been drinking? Easy because everything's much enjoyable when you've been drinkingStill for however much the man's life and writing was informed by the bottle it was informed by a lot of other things as well and working for the US Postal Service from the early 1950s to the late 1960s was one of them This is the book where Bukowski explains how he fell into his career as mail carrier and later mail clerk why he stuck with the job for as long as he did and everything that eventually forced him to uitIt began as a mistake he tells us at the outset Doesn't everything though? Our parents get together mistake #1 we're conceived mistake #2 sometimes also mistake #1 we're not aborted mistake #3 and then the rest of our lives an unending succession of mistakes Luckily for us it DOES end eventually but in between it's nothing but trial and error What keeps us going is the knowledge that for all our fuck ups it is precisely these mistakes that teach us how to live what we love and what we loathe our aspirations and our aversionsBukowski knew this which is why he wrote the sort of stuff he did and why it resonates so well with so many Admittedly he wasn't the most sophisticated of writers He does a lot telling than showing although the tales he tells show us uite a bit about the absurdities of modern life the insanities we're so often driven to and all the myriad ways in which we choose to cope Post Office is no exception I would read it if I were you but then again if I were you I'd probably kill myself Or maybe I'd just grab a bottle and try to live for tonight instead CheersFor Bukowski


  6. Rosie Rosie says:

    My first affair with Bukowski I found this book while substitute teaching a group of tranuil 12th graders I picked up the book began reading and couldn't believe that this book was allowed in a classroom Luckily the students had no interest whatsoever in the book so I had it all to my evil self The book is hilarious I read it in an afternoon I became that crazy person in a coffee shop cackling over her book The sentences are short and sharp The protagonist has no regard for anything He is a fucked up womanizer but I still love it The juxtaposition between his attitude and the solemnity demanded by the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE is too much I almost died Plus Bukowski's use of capitalization is genius I know he's fucked up but I love him so


  7. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    “We’re forced into absurd lives against which the only sane response is to wage a guerrilla operation of humor and lust and madness—ChinaskiBukowskiI just finished with a sour taste in my mouth Bukowski’s Women infamously making many of the Worst Misogynist Novels of All Time lists but maybe in part because I am a masochist and because it just happened to pop up on my audio tape ueue and had some time to drive and listen I jumped right back in to Bukowski into the novel that catapulted this former postal worker to fameinfamy A uick comparison Women 1978 is mostly sad woman after woman without apology or shame The events of that book describe the time after ChinaskiBukowski Chinaski is Bukowksi’s fictional alter ego begins to get famous with opportunities for an unsatisfying parade of women Both books have lots of women booze and gambling but in Post Office there are places of real regret and sorrow and a little joy There’s humor genuinely funny spot on meditationsanecdotes about the absurdities of working at the post office that anyone who has ever worked a shitty job can relate to; there’s a divorce there’s the death of Betty his old girlfriend who visits him before she dies“I met Betty on the street ‘I saw you with that bitch a while back She's not your kind of woman’‘None of them are’”And none of them actually seem to be though he is constantly looking for or at least settling for sex But try as they may he and Betty can’t recreate the early “magic” of their relationship“It was sad it was sad it was sad When Betty came back we didn't sing or laugh or even argue We sat drinking in the dark smoking cigarettes and when we went to sleep I didn't put my feet on her body or she on mine like we used to We slept without touching We had both been robbed” Elsewhere he speaks a kind of gutter truth“Lady how the hell do I know who you are or I am or anybody is?” In Women there are far fewer insights such as these such as they are anguished But he grieves his losses here in a way he does not or does far far less in Women And later in this one he and Fay have a daughter which is a gift for him though it is not the focus of the book in any way and that happiness doesn’t seem to last forever either These events of ordinary joy and loss seem to humanize Bukowski a bit though we aren’t talking sainthood here; Bukowski is always Bukowski“I put on some bacon and eggs and celebrated with an extra uart of beer”He’s a pretty lovable and charming guy at times we connect to especially through our shared experience of terrible jobs doing “the same thing over and over again” his humorous self deprecationnihilism and bad relationships Oh he’s often a crabby irascible asshole but as he says in a longer meditation on the subject “What's wrong with assholes baby?”Indeed what’s wrong with them Post Office is pretty funny at times wincingly funny and very entertainingly written


  8. Matthias Matthias says:

    Thank you for registering to BarBud Ever wandered into a bar hoping to meet a fellow to philosophize with deep into the night only to find yourself alone with a student bartender who simply doesn't have it in him yet? Ever wanted to approach that old lonely drunk staring into his glass so deeply lost in his thoughts that you dare not disturb him? Ever wanted to talk nonsense with a sleazy voluptuous barfly laugh and kiss and stroke and fuck and drink and drink and fuck and smoke and drink and sleep and drink but found no such willing individual during your outings? Can't find someone with whom to share the drink Billy Joel called loneliness?The times they are a changing BarBud is here to help Based on your preferences we will find the perfect selection of bar buddies for you right in your neighbourhood Get yourself your favorite drink and let's get crackin'Gender preference IrrelevantMotivation The romantic tension that comes with meeting a strange lady in a bar will potentially crowd out any other thoughts in my mind effectively reducing my conversational skills and potential for philosophical uesting but if she doesn't mind me just paying for her drinks and hearing her out and not have any of the romantic stuff happen that's fine by me Also my girlfriend is watching over my shoulder as I'm filling out this form Just to make clear that sad dirty old men are just as welcome Political views No strong onesMotivation I aim to find someone to get along with not someone who bores and aggravates me all at onceFavorite drink IrrelevantMotivationI'll drink anything as long as it's much of it Interests Women the little things personal anecdotesMotivation I like hearing about a guy's romantic conuests Even when they're exaggerated and unbelievable it's nice to compare notes or just be happy for the guy By the little things I mean the stuff that's easy to hide but shouldn't be Little physical ailments little frustrations little reasons to smile little reasons to complain the little things that fill a day and make a person And personal anecdotes to add color and context to the BarBud I want to know where he works where he sleeps his favorite swearwords used to coat around his soft nature I want him to complain in a way that makes me laugh I want to see his eyes glaze over with sadness and disappointment I want him to regale me with stories of the strange people he's met in his life the people who made him happy who made him sad who brought out his kindness and generous spirit who made him violent and who made him despair I want to hear about his bad days at work and his good days in the bedroom I want to get to know my BarBud the good and the really bad I want to be the guy who understands him pats him on the back reassure him he's a good bloke no matter what the people in corner of the bar are saying about him and buy him a couple of drinks Level happiness Low Medium lowMotivation I can see happy people on TV and Facebook all the time Their stories mostly sound all the same I think there's a famous book that starts with that kind of wisdom My BarBud should be able to tell me which one because I forget these things Level of education IrrelevantMotivation We'll be meeting in a bar not some fancy shmancy conference so that the university of life stuff should do Only my BarBud shouldn't mention that cliché or I'll kick him in the teeth and ask him to thank me for a free lesson Submit CalculatingWe have found 1 match Charles Bukowski also known as Henry Chinaski Do not disturb before 5pm He used to be spotted in several bars around the post office at the racetrack or in his moldy appartment but since he's dead now we recommend looking for him at the library In fact we highly recommend it Be sure to bring him with you on your next visit to the bar it's where he truly shines


  9. Fabian Fabian says:

    Another masterpiece of feminism in American Literature JKOh nah The daily tale of the proletariat is fully disclosed here in such a disarming shocking manner The protagonist is one alcoholic misogynistic mess And I love him for it perhaps now Bukowski too Cannot wait to discover his books


  10. Cecily Cecily says:

    I enjoyed this than I expected and in some way than I think I shouldHank Chinaski describes a little than a decade of his life He is intelligent but mostly lives the life of a loser too much booze; menial work mostly in the eponymous post office; bad relationships; bunking off work; betting on horses; booze etc It is all somewhat detached; his daughter is the girl even though he knew as long as I could see the girl I would be all right but such detachment is necessary for him to survive his lifestyle especially the times when he is hurtAmorality Redeemed by HumourDespite his general lack of moral compass or consideration of such matters and the dreadful way he treats some women it is a compellingly written story with a wonderful irreverent wit than won me over rather as an indulgent adult overlooks the worst excesses of a naughty child At times it appears like a rambling stream of consciousness but I think that is a chimera and that it is actually a carefully crafted storyBathosThe opening line is It began as a mistake section two opens Meanwhile things went on and the book closes with Maybe I'll write a novel I thought And then I did Wonderful bathosWhen job hunting The first place smelled like work so I took the second and much of the humour comes from work especially satirising the bureaucracy of the post office supervisors and colleagues who are variously incompetent sadistic and playing the system It's not just bureaucracy but full control bordering on brainwashing at one point they are told Each letter you stick beyond duty helps defeat the Russians Targets and training are rigorous and a nurse does spot checks on anyone off sick yet those who miss targets get compulsory counselling as well as disciplinary chits When trying to learn the routes Chinaski comes up with a variant of traditional memory techniues but instead of visualising ordinary people and objects along the route his is like a series of orgies Like many administratively burdened institutions You had to fill out papers to get out than to get in but before he leaves Chinaski has one victory a small fire from cigar ash heralds the introduction of ash trays I had all by myself revolutionised the postal system which I'm sure would be an epitaph he'd be happy withPoignantDespite the light touch Chinaski isn't immune from hurt grief and introspection We slept without touching We had both been robbed and How the hell do I know who you are or I am or anybody is? Nevertheless dirt and depravity notwithstanding the overall tone is humorousInsane but Never Dull?Early on Chinaski realises the streets were full of insane and dull people; he is probably the former but certainly never the latter


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Post Office [PDF / Epub] ⚣ Post Office ✈ Charles Bukowski – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk ჩარლზ ბუკოვსკი გასული საუკუნის ერთ ერთი უდიდესი ამერიკელი მწერალია მრავა ჩარლზ ბუკოვსკი გასული საუკუნის ერთ ერთი უდიდესი ამერიკელი მწერალია მრავალი რომანის მოთხრობის ლექსისა და ესეს ავტორი ახალგაზრდულ ასაკში განცდილი ლიტერატურული მარცხი და ხანგრძლივი ცხოვრებისეული იმედგაცრუება საფუძვლად დაედო მის გვიანდელ ნაწარმოებებს რომლებშიც მწერალი საკუთარ გამოცდილებას ჰენრი ჩინასკის სახელით გადმოსცემს რომანი ფოსტა მწერლის პირველი ბიოგრაფიული ნაწარმოებია რომელიც სამ კვირაში დაიწერა ამ წიგნმა მწერალს დიდი წარმატება მოუტანა და ერთხელ და სამუდამოდ დაუმკვიდრა საპატიო ადგილი ე წ ბინძური ლიტერატურის ჟანრში თუმცა ისიც უნდა ითქვას რომ მიუხედავად თხრობის ხაზგასმულად ნატურალისტური ზოგჯერ შოკის მომგვრელი მანერისა მწერლის ძალზე თავისებური ნაღვლიანი იუმორი განმაიარაღებელი გულწრფელობა და საკუთარი თავის მიმართ უაღრესად საღი და ირონიული დამოკიდებულება არც ერთ მკითხველს გულგრილს არ ტოვებს სერია „ამერიკელები“.

  • Hardcover
  • 248 pages
  • Post Office
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Georgian
  • 03 July 2016

10 thoughts on “Post Office

  1. Jenn(ifer) Jenn(ifer) says:

    Okay I can already hear the “booooos” from the Mitchellites saying “how can you give Cloud Atlas two stars but you give THIS four stars?” I will tell you how It’s simple really I thought Cloud Atlas was “okay” whereas I “really liked” this one That’s all there is to it So here we goThis book made me want to drink A lot I mean a lot a lot And it made me laugh A lot Now you know; my secret is out – I am a twisted depraved human being who enjoys reading the thoughts of a dirty old man And I’m okay with that I’m not going to read Bukowski for profundity; I’m going to read him when I need reminding not to take myself and life so daggone seriously I mean sometimes it’s just a good idea to let your hair down and read a bit of trashy boozy fun Let's call it making yourself well roundedThis is his world folks enter with caution Just be careful not to touch anything you don't know where it's beenI enjoyed the fact that as I read the book I didn’t feel like I was really reading I felt like Bukowski was telling me a story I could hear his gravelly voice and smell the whiskey on his breath Some people might refer to his style as “conversational” others “raw” To me his writing was simple like the everyman telling his tale If the everyman is a pervy drunk I like that You know what else I like about Bukowski? He doesn’t overstay his welcome I like a man who knows when to shut the hell up And that ladies and gentlemen is my cueOh wait in the immortal worlds of Modest Mouse and yeah I know he's a pretty good read but God who'd want to be such an ahole?

  2. Paula Paula says:

    is it just me or does reading bukowski make you want to listen to tom waits too? finished post office last night and this morning listened to small change on the train here are the opening lyrics to I Can't Wait to Get Off Work And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue I don't mind working 'cause I used to be jerking off most of my time in bars I've been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda fountain jock jerk And a manic mechanic on cars It's nice work if you can get it now who the hell said it? I got money to spend on my gal But the work never stops and I'll be busting my chops Working for Joe and Sal And I can't wait to get off work and see my baby She said she'd leave the porch light on for me I'm disheveled and I'm disdainful and I'm distracted and it's painful

  3. Brent Legault Brent Legault says:

    Bukowski was once an idol of mine I've since grown up He took himself too seriously while pretending that he didn't And he was practically talentless He had spunk and a surprising surprising because of all the booze work ethic but an ultimately boring sense of humor His words are like what Hemingway would have thrown away Bukowski was America's greatest one trick pony Or perhaps that's giving him too much credit He might have had only half a trick like that uncle of ours who used to steal our noses After a while it's not even worth trying to get your nose back You just want your uncle to pass out so he'll stop bothering you

  4. Mutasim Billah Mutasim Billah says:

    It began as a mistake No writer has written about the hoodlums the lowlifes the lost souls the unemployed the castaways etc etc beautifully than Bukowski He hasn't pitied them like Dickens would He hasn't detested them either He has made us live their lives talk their talk walk their walkThe charm of this book lies in the relentless attachment of Chinaski to the US Postal Service as he puts in thankless hours on the trot in pursuit of a life drowned in alcohol cigarettes race horses and obviously womenBackgroundThe novel is a semi autobiographical account of Bukowski's years working as a carrier and sorter for the United States Postal Service the novel is dedicated to nobody Post Office introduces Bukowski's autobiographical alter ego Henry Chinaski It covers the period of Bukowski's life from about 1952 to his resignation from the United States Postal Service three years later to his return in 1958 and then to his final resignation in 1969 During this time ChinaskiBukowski worked as a mail carrier for a number of years After a brief hiatus in which he supported himself by gambling at horse races he returned to the post office to work as a sorter “What's wrong with assholes baby?” Jane Cooney Baker the love of Bukowski's life is mentioned in the text as Betty Bukowski's first wife Barbara Frye is portrayed as Joyce a wealthy nymphomaniac Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway in the film Barfly Dunaway's character Wanda was based on Jane Cooney Baker “In the morning it was morning and I was still aliveMaybe I'll write a novel I thoughtAnd then I did” In December 1969 John Martin founded Black Sparrow Press in order to publish Bukowski's writing offering him 100 per month for life on condition that Bukowski would uit working for the post office and write full time for Black Sparrow Bukowski agreed; three weeks later he had written Post OfficeNote Trigger warnings for rape and misogyny

  5. Arthur Graham Arthur Graham says:

    Why is reading Bukowski so much enjoyable when you've been drinking? Easy because everything's much enjoyable when you've been drinkingStill for however much the man's life and writing was informed by the bottle it was informed by a lot of other things as well and working for the US Postal Service from the early 1950s to the late 1960s was one of them This is the book where Bukowski explains how he fell into his career as mail carrier and later mail clerk why he stuck with the job for as long as he did and everything that eventually forced him to uitIt began as a mistake he tells us at the outset Doesn't everything though? Our parents get together mistake #1 we're conceived mistake #2 sometimes also mistake #1 we're not aborted mistake #3 and then the rest of our lives an unending succession of mistakes Luckily for us it DOES end eventually but in between it's nothing but trial and error What keeps us going is the knowledge that for all our fuck ups it is precisely these mistakes that teach us how to live what we love and what we loathe our aspirations and our aversionsBukowski knew this which is why he wrote the sort of stuff he did and why it resonates so well with so many Admittedly he wasn't the most sophisticated of writers He does a lot telling than showing although the tales he tells show us uite a bit about the absurdities of modern life the insanities we're so often driven to and all the myriad ways in which we choose to cope Post Office is no exception I would read it if I were you but then again if I were you I'd probably kill myself Or maybe I'd just grab a bottle and try to live for tonight instead CheersFor Bukowski

  6. Rosie Rosie says:

    My first affair with Bukowski I found this book while substitute teaching a group of tranuil 12th graders I picked up the book began reading and couldn't believe that this book was allowed in a classroom Luckily the students had no interest whatsoever in the book so I had it all to my evil self The book is hilarious I read it in an afternoon I became that crazy person in a coffee shop cackling over her book The sentences are short and sharp The protagonist has no regard for anything He is a fucked up womanizer but I still love it The juxtaposition between his attitude and the solemnity demanded by the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE is too much I almost died Plus Bukowski's use of capitalization is genius I know he's fucked up but I love him so

  7. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    “We’re forced into absurd lives against which the only sane response is to wage a guerrilla operation of humor and lust and madness—ChinaskiBukowskiI just finished with a sour taste in my mouth Bukowski’s Women infamously making many of the Worst Misogynist Novels of All Time lists but maybe in part because I am a masochist and because it just happened to pop up on my audio tape ueue and had some time to drive and listen I jumped right back in to Bukowski into the novel that catapulted this former postal worker to fameinfamy A uick comparison Women 1978 is mostly sad woman after woman without apology or shame The events of that book describe the time after ChinaskiBukowski Chinaski is Bukowksi’s fictional alter ego begins to get famous with opportunities for an unsatisfying parade of women Both books have lots of women booze and gambling but in Post Office there are places of real regret and sorrow and a little joy There’s humor genuinely funny spot on meditationsanecdotes about the absurdities of working at the post office that anyone who has ever worked a shitty job can relate to; there’s a divorce there’s the death of Betty his old girlfriend who visits him before she dies“I met Betty on the street ‘I saw you with that bitch a while back She's not your kind of woman’‘None of them are’”And none of them actually seem to be though he is constantly looking for or at least settling for sex But try as they may he and Betty can’t recreate the early “magic” of their relationship“It was sad it was sad it was sad When Betty came back we didn't sing or laugh or even argue We sat drinking in the dark smoking cigarettes and when we went to sleep I didn't put my feet on her body or she on mine like we used to We slept without touching We had both been robbed” Elsewhere he speaks a kind of gutter truth“Lady how the hell do I know who you are or I am or anybody is?” In Women there are far fewer insights such as these such as they are anguished But he grieves his losses here in a way he does not or does far far less in Women And later in this one he and Fay have a daughter which is a gift for him though it is not the focus of the book in any way and that happiness doesn’t seem to last forever either These events of ordinary joy and loss seem to humanize Bukowski a bit though we aren’t talking sainthood here; Bukowski is always Bukowski“I put on some bacon and eggs and celebrated with an extra uart of beer”He’s a pretty lovable and charming guy at times we connect to especially through our shared experience of terrible jobs doing “the same thing over and over again” his humorous self deprecationnihilism and bad relationships Oh he’s often a crabby irascible asshole but as he says in a longer meditation on the subject “What's wrong with assholes baby?”Indeed what’s wrong with them Post Office is pretty funny at times wincingly funny and very entertainingly written

  8. Matthias Matthias says:

    Thank you for registering to BarBud Ever wandered into a bar hoping to meet a fellow to philosophize with deep into the night only to find yourself alone with a student bartender who simply doesn't have it in him yet? Ever wanted to approach that old lonely drunk staring into his glass so deeply lost in his thoughts that you dare not disturb him? Ever wanted to talk nonsense with a sleazy voluptuous barfly laugh and kiss and stroke and fuck and drink and drink and fuck and smoke and drink and sleep and drink but found no such willing individual during your outings? Can't find someone with whom to share the drink Billy Joel called loneliness?The times they are a changing BarBud is here to help Based on your preferences we will find the perfect selection of bar buddies for you right in your neighbourhood Get yourself your favorite drink and let's get crackin'Gender preference IrrelevantMotivation The romantic tension that comes with meeting a strange lady in a bar will potentially crowd out any other thoughts in my mind effectively reducing my conversational skills and potential for philosophical uesting but if she doesn't mind me just paying for her drinks and hearing her out and not have any of the romantic stuff happen that's fine by me Also my girlfriend is watching over my shoulder as I'm filling out this form Just to make clear that sad dirty old men are just as welcome Political views No strong onesMotivation I aim to find someone to get along with not someone who bores and aggravates me all at onceFavorite drink IrrelevantMotivationI'll drink anything as long as it's much of it Interests Women the little things personal anecdotesMotivation I like hearing about a guy's romantic conuests Even when they're exaggerated and unbelievable it's nice to compare notes or just be happy for the guy By the little things I mean the stuff that's easy to hide but shouldn't be Little physical ailments little frustrations little reasons to smile little reasons to complain the little things that fill a day and make a person And personal anecdotes to add color and context to the BarBud I want to know where he works where he sleeps his favorite swearwords used to coat around his soft nature I want him to complain in a way that makes me laugh I want to see his eyes glaze over with sadness and disappointment I want him to regale me with stories of the strange people he's met in his life the people who made him happy who made him sad who brought out his kindness and generous spirit who made him violent and who made him despair I want to hear about his bad days at work and his good days in the bedroom I want to get to know my BarBud the good and the really bad I want to be the guy who understands him pats him on the back reassure him he's a good bloke no matter what the people in corner of the bar are saying about him and buy him a couple of drinks Level happiness Low Medium lowMotivation I can see happy people on TV and Facebook all the time Their stories mostly sound all the same I think there's a famous book that starts with that kind of wisdom My BarBud should be able to tell me which one because I forget these things Level of education IrrelevantMotivation We'll be meeting in a bar not some fancy shmancy conference so that the university of life stuff should do Only my BarBud shouldn't mention that cliché or I'll kick him in the teeth and ask him to thank me for a free lesson Submit CalculatingWe have found 1 match Charles Bukowski also known as Henry Chinaski Do not disturb before 5pm He used to be spotted in several bars around the post office at the racetrack or in his moldy appartment but since he's dead now we recommend looking for him at the library In fact we highly recommend it Be sure to bring him with you on your next visit to the bar it's where he truly shines

  9. Fabian Fabian says:

    Another masterpiece of feminism in American Literature JKOh nah The daily tale of the proletariat is fully disclosed here in such a disarming shocking manner The protagonist is one alcoholic misogynistic mess And I love him for it perhaps now Bukowski too Cannot wait to discover his books

  10. Cecily Cecily says:

    I enjoyed this than I expected and in some way than I think I shouldHank Chinaski describes a little than a decade of his life He is intelligent but mostly lives the life of a loser too much booze; menial work mostly in the eponymous post office; bad relationships; bunking off work; betting on horses; booze etc It is all somewhat detached; his daughter is the girl even though he knew as long as I could see the girl I would be all right but such detachment is necessary for him to survive his lifestyle especially the times when he is hurtAmorality Redeemed by HumourDespite his general lack of moral compass or consideration of such matters and the dreadful way he treats some women it is a compellingly written story with a wonderful irreverent wit than won me over rather as an indulgent adult overlooks the worst excesses of a naughty child At times it appears like a rambling stream of consciousness but I think that is a chimera and that it is actually a carefully crafted storyBathosThe opening line is It began as a mistake section two opens Meanwhile things went on and the book closes with Maybe I'll write a novel I thought And then I did Wonderful bathosWhen job hunting The first place smelled like work so I took the second and much of the humour comes from work especially satirising the bureaucracy of the post office supervisors and colleagues who are variously incompetent sadistic and playing the system It's not just bureaucracy but full control bordering on brainwashing at one point they are told Each letter you stick beyond duty helps defeat the Russians Targets and training are rigorous and a nurse does spot checks on anyone off sick yet those who miss targets get compulsory counselling as well as disciplinary chits When trying to learn the routes Chinaski comes up with a variant of traditional memory techniues but instead of visualising ordinary people and objects along the route his is like a series of orgies Like many administratively burdened institutions You had to fill out papers to get out than to get in but before he leaves Chinaski has one victory a small fire from cigar ash heralds the introduction of ash trays I had all by myself revolutionised the postal system which I'm sure would be an epitaph he'd be happy withPoignantDespite the light touch Chinaski isn't immune from hurt grief and introspection We slept without touching We had both been robbed and How the hell do I know who you are or I am or anybody is? Nevertheless dirt and depravity notwithstanding the overall tone is humorousInsane but Never Dull?Early on Chinaski realises the streets were full of insane and dull people; he is probably the former but certainly never the latter

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