Aug 11, 2013

Charles Bukowski Reads 'Friendly Advice To A Lot Of Young Men

I don't care what Charles Bukowski reads ... I love to hear his voice.

“The crowd is the gathering place of the weakest; true creation is a solitary act.”

"Charles Bukowski remains a poet exquisitely emblematic of the inherent contradictions of the human spirit — a man of unabashed profanity and self-conscious sensitivity, of tragic cynicism and heartening insight on the meaning of life and the spirit of writing. It is with this lens of his propensity for exaggerated existential extremism underpinned by a desire to live well that we are to consider Bukowski’s 1957 poem “Friendly Advice to a Lot of Young Men,” found in the anthology The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems 1946-1966 (public library). In this rare recording, the poem springs to irreverent life as Buk reads it himself:"


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