The Charles Bukowski Tapes: 52 Short Interviews with the Underground Poet:
Notes of a Dirty Old Man, a collection of essays in which the low-rent poet and writer details his lonely exploits as an unapologetic working-class alcoholic in L.A. But it was long before the days of personalized internet marketing, when I was more likely to make new finds by scouring used bookstores (record stores, video stores…) and grabbing something unfamiliar and cheap because I liked the cover and vaguely recognized it as important. I may have just been leaving a bar, or heading toward one, and found Bukowski a perfect drinking companion. He was a modern-day character out of Dostoevsky, the novelist Bukowski most admired.
I do recall devouring the book, hitting my college library for more, and finding precious little. Then I discovered the video above, The Charles Bukowski Tapes, a collection of 52 short interviews conducted by French filmmaker Barbet Schroeder, who directed the Bukowski-penned Barfly, with Mickey Rourke as Bukowski stand-in Henry Chinaski. Edited down from 64 hours of footage shot over three years while Bukowski wrote the screenplay to the 1987 film, the interviews range over his typical topics—booze, women, and barroom brawls—while also exploring his development as a writer and his thoughtful personal philosophy.
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