Yes, indeed.he fairly often referred to relationships
The Drill from Love is a Dog from Hell (and Play the Piano Drunk...)human relationships simply aren’t
My Nudie Dancer from The Night Torn Mad with Footstepsit was the first time then
that I said it to
her: “human relationships just
More Notes of a Dirty Old Man (Ecce Hetero: Bukowski’s Thoughts to Live By)Human relationships do not work.
a letter to Patricia Connell in Living on Luckthe male-female relationship is almost impossible
a letter to Hank Malone in Living on LuckYou know how human relationships don’t work.
WomenHuman relationships didn’t work anyhow. Only the first two weeks had any zing, then the participants lost their interest. Masks dropped away and real people began to appear: cranks, imbeciles, the demented, the vengeful, sadists, killers. Modern society had created its own kind and they feasted on each other. It was a duel to the death—in a cesspool. The most one could hope for in a human relationship, I decided, was two and one-half years.
More Notes of a Dirty Old ManFinally, out of desperation and advancing age, a man is chosen, first, perhaps for sexual pleasure and then later for marriage, a marriage that never works, a marriage that becomes dull and desperate, another durable hell or maybe an unendurable one. Marriage is a contract to live in dullness until death do us part.
More Notes of a Dirty Old ManThat’s one reason marriage didn’t work; it became a job instead of a raid into the unknown.
Bad Night from Septuagenarian StewBut gradually the marriages turned into jobs. They lacked diversity. Soon each marriage turned into a contest, a contest of who could wear down the other. It became a hate game.