Not that guy but my hate for Bukowski is at least partially motivated by the fact that the only people who come into the store where I work to buy his stuff are always first-year undergrads who I hear boasting about the books they read to their embarrassed looking friends
I think a vast majority of people miss what Bukoski is about. His books are essentially trials of the human spirit: shitty childhood, shitty adulthood. They're not big, they're not clever, but the common theme is there.
of course you identify with him if you share some of his experiences. Ive had bouts of bad skin and identified with the passages he wrote about the self-conscious emotions.
he's not the best and I think he's partly responsible for the tumblr-core poetry but theyre piss poor and bad imitations.
I like you: you have a great taste. My list is almost exactly like yours:
And for the 5th name:
Or Gabriel García Márquez, but I think Chekhov has a greater number of masterpieces than him.
I haven't really read enough of any author to say that I like his work as a whole. I've read many of Kafka's short stories, but neither The Castle nor The Trial (I started once, the German was too heavy). I like Strindberg's prose (swefag), but I've only ever finished Inferno.
Five authors I'd like to know better:
Can't speak for non-english language writers.
#sopomo #modernlyfe #hehe
Of course they're piss poor imitations. They're imitating piss. You said yourself all of his work is one theme. It was cool for a short story or two, but c'mon man write about something new after the thirty millionth time. He's a one trick pony and it gets stale. Plus he has no technical skill; I would hardly call his poems actual poetry.
Ur cool. Misspelled Eliot though
William L Shirer
There's a fine line between being a one-trick pony and having a style though, which is broadly applicable to most artistic ventures. I take him for what he is but I wouldn't call him amazing. He got me into serious reading though so I'm a little biased.
Jorge Luis Borges