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Bukowski’s Take on War

“There are no good wars or bad wars. The only thing bad about a war is to lose it. All wars have been fought for a so-called good Cause on both sides. But only the victor’s Cause becomes history’s Noble Cause. It’s not a matter of who is right or who is wrong, it’s a matter of who has the best generals and the better army.”

And…

“I have noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely.”

Ham on Rye is a blunt and crude commentary on class masquerading as an auto-biographical character study. It bursts with self-destruction, nihilism, rationalizations, and vulgarity. I devoured every page.

 

 

Bukowski On JFK and Men With Television Souls

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“I see men assassinated around me every day. I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead; men without eyes, men without voices; men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions; men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideas. Kennedy himself was 9/10ths the way around the clock or he wouldn’t have accepted such an enervating and enfeebling job — meaning President of the United States of America. How can I be concerned with the murder of one man when almost all men, plus females, are taken from cribs as babies and almost immediately thrown into the masher?”–Charles Bukowski