Monday, October 24, 2011

And Now A Word From Charles Bukowski...

Introducing a new series called And Now A Word From... in which we will be posting quotes from various people regarding their art. 

In 1985, Charles Bukowski was asked to comment on one of his collection of short stores, Tales of Ordinary Madness being removed from a library in the Netherlands.  The following selection was taken from his response:
"In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. If I write of "sadism" it is because it exists, I didn't invent it, and if some terrible act occurs in my work it is because such things happen in our lives. I am not on the side of evil, if such a thing as evil abounds. In my writing I do not always agree with what occurs, nor do I linger in the mud for the sheer sake of it. Also, it is curious that the people who rail against my work seem to overlook the sections of it which entail joy and love and hope, and there are such sections. My days, my years, my life has seen up and downs, lights and darknesses. If I wrote only and continually of the "light" and never mentioned the other, then as an artist I would be a liar."
- Charles Bukowski

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