Watch This, Read That: The Bukowski Tapes

Watch This, Read That: The Bukowski Tapes


Dubbed the “laureate of American lowlife” by Time in 1986, hard-living poet and novelist Charles Bukowski died 19 years ago this week. Here, in part of a series of 1987 interviews known as The Bukowski Tapes, he tells of selling short stories to support his drinking.

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This article originally appeared on Zola Books.

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