Charles Bukowski poem and story database
Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Story written in 1974
To find the proper place to write, that's most important; the rent should be reasonable, the walls thick, the landlord indifferent, and the tenants depraved, penurious, alcoholic, and lower-middle-class. With the advent of the highrise apartments, small courts, with their own private entranceways, have more and more vanished, and the wonderful characters that once infested these places have vanished along with them.
I lived for eight years on a front court on DeLongpre Avenue, and the poetry and the stories flourished. I'd sit at the front window typing, peering through excessive brush onto the street; I'd be surrounded by beer bottles and listening to classical music on the radio, sitting in my shorts, barefooted, my fat beer belly dangling...
Absence of the Hero - pg. 157 - 2010
Magazines and periodicals
Los Angeles Free Press - No. 519 - June 28 - 1974