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September 25 at 4:00pm

Love What You Do… Or Don’t Do It

I don’t post many commercials, but if I had to constrain such posts to things I love, whiskey commercials would be on my list.  If I raised the bar higher, and made it only include those that I admire, I would not have many logs to put on the fire.  Charles Bukowski carried me forward with his prose those years I was aged 22 -25.  I wouldn’t normally recommend advice from a drunkard, but he was a great one.  Live true.

“Live True” Dewar’s White Label [English] from &Rosàs on Vimeo.


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June 24 at 9:30am

Film Biz Got You Down?

Just go back to bed.

Charles Bukowski knew what end was up. When the blues get their claws into you, just give in & get in the bed until the juices are flowing again.

And yes, ain’t it too bad that we all have to chase the dollar?

Hat tip to Cultural Weekly.

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May 12 at 12:58pm

so you want to be a writer?

by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
fame,
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.
Thanks to Dan McGuire and Poets.org
http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16549


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