Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bukowski at City Light Books

“Some people never go crazy.  What truly horrible lives they must lead.”  -Bukowski 

You can't be afraid of books.  There's a fearlessness in raising your children with a love of literature.
“Do you hate people?  I don’t hate them… I just feel better when they’re not around.”  -Bukowski

It's war.  Bombarded on all sides by distractions and estrangements.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift.”  -Bukowski

Just to arrive at that moment, sitting quietly in a still place, ready to read.
“There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first.  We are ripe and ready to be taken.”  -Bukowski

There is nothing like a room full of books.
“Endurance is more important than truth.”  -Bukowski

And if one is good for you, then all are good for you.  Because a book on the shelf doesn't mean you will become depraved or destitute.  There is no ring of hell for those who sought a life of stories and human truth. No matter the author.  No matter the subject.
“There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first.  We are ripe and ready to be taken.”  -Bukowski

What times is wasted on the unimaginative, surrounded by imposing wills that ban expression, criticizing for even reaching for something beyond a meager self.
“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”  -Bukowski

Books push you toward the one true and selfless aim, to find someone in a world where no one listens, no one cares, where ego dominates, where submission is rule.  Books are the hidden soul of our world.  What fear lays in another's soul?  None but fear of our own.

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