Why do you like Bukowski? What is "the best" in his writing?
He says important things in simple way? He gives hope for people on bottom or
The better question is "why do you like Bukowski?" I could explain it, but it would take volumes. It is all here in the forum.
His sobriety and his always gentleman-like behavior, not to mention the love for his father...
What I value most about Buk is his fearlessness.
That man greeted everything - past, present, and future - with a steady eye.
He didn't depend on tradition, custom, or culture for his validation. He knew he had what it takes and that eventually he would be appreciated.
Plus - at some point - he decided that his entire life was one long poem.
And that is remarkable.
It feels good to read something and know that you're not alone. There's pleasure in finding a well written line that sums up something that you've felt, but haven't been able to express as clearly. It's cathartic. In Buk's case, I admire the way he wrote about the ugliness and stupidity of life, and how it feels to live outside the vulgar herd. He had style. I'd have liked to hang around while he ate his bologna sandwiches.
For my part, I consider Buk like a spiritual father, a mentor whose books helped me to take some major decisions and to free myself from other people's opinion. He learned me not to care anymore of what people, especially my friends or my family, can think about me and the choices I do ; I now completely feel free, which was not really the case before I read him.Awww....I wish he was my grandfather! haha.