"The law is wrong; I am right"
Well, you don't expect to be a character in a book just because you visit a writer...
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Few people outside of this site maybe, but there are discussions of which real person is which character for both Women and Hollywood here, and anyone who saw Amber in the extras of Born Into This knows who she is.The first situation should be unnecessary, few people will be able to identify them. (Still they feel compelled to identify themselves - is the lure of fame still at work here?)
The beauty and drawback of a public forum is that people like you can provide us with great personal memories, but when you do you are open to the response which is unpredictable, and can be harsh.I have appreciated this forum immensely as a place to share. I'm a little afraid to post now for fear of the "looking for fame" angle that Erik mentioned. Believe me, I am completely aware that I am a very very minor figure in the life of Gramps. He just happened to like my first ietter to him enough not to throw in the wastebasket!
I guess what I'm trying to say is, keep posting and don't worry about less-than-favorable feedback. What you have to say is valuable, as David pointed out. First hand experience is something that few people are willing to share. Keep sharing.
He wanted a hit book just like anyone else. And that desire was greater than trying not to hurt people.
More than anyone he met and anyone on this forum, I suspect that Bukowski knew this best.Charles Bukowski was a great writer and a lousy human being.
Bingo.But, I think of him as similar to comedians who often work from a place of pain also. They need recognition, they need an audience. So did he!
He said in many letters that he expected Women to ruffle a lot of feathers. He knew exactly what he was doing.Anyway, he continued to write me also, UNTIL Women came out.
He knew he would be in trouble.
[...] If there are any excerpts [...], I would appreciate any info.