How much of a hard-man do you all think Buk was? he sure could talk up a good fight but how much of it was the drink talking? In factotum and post office he seems pretty keen to let the fists do the talking but in "Notes Of....." an ageing Buk (48) freely admits that he was in condition to take on Neal Cassady. How do you think Buk would have faired up against some of his contemporaries? Mailer had a rep for being able to handle himself, as did Hemmingway. How well would Buk have done against these? either on the cobbles or in the ring. What aout Kerouac and Fante? both looked stocky and strong.Maye they could overcome Buk's reach advantage and take him on the inside. Ignoring the logistics of time and age differences who comes out on top? Any thoughts guys?