Bukowski’s autobiographical anti-hero, Henry Chinaski: ‘The problem was you had to keep choosing between one evil or another, and no matter what you chose, they sliced a little bit more off you, until there was nothing left. At the age of 25 most people were finished. A whole god-damned nation of assholes driving automobiles, eating, having babies, doing everything in the worst way possible, like voting for the presidential candidate who reminded them most of themselves.” – Ham On Rye 1982
Bukowski’s Los Angeles Tour:
5124 De Longpre, Hollywood – residence 1964-1973. Post Office, Notes from a Dirty Old Man, South of No North, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, The Days Run Away like Horses, and Factotum written there.
Frolic Room (6245 Hollywood Blvd) – Alcohol.
Musso & Frank Grill (6667 Hollywood Blvd) – Alcohol. Ruben no longer.
Pink Elephant Liquor Store (1836 N Western Ave, Los Feliz) – Alcohol.
Richard J. Riordan Central Library (630 W 5th St., Los Angeles) – Books.
USPS Terminal Annex (900 N Alameda St., Los Angeles) – Work 1952-1955 and 1958-1969.
Cole’s French Dip (118 East 6th St., Los Angeles) – Alcohol.
Smog Cutter (864 N. Vrigil Ave., Los Angeles) – Alcohol
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center (681 Venice Blvd, Venice) – Shrine.
Barkowski (2819 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica) – Shrine.
Santa Anita Racetrack – Horses.
Huntington Library (1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino) – Papers.
San Pedro – Residence. 1978-1994. Ham on Rye. Near Bandini Street and Elementary school (Fante).
Downtown Books (414 W 6th St, San Pedro) – Books.
Green Hills Memorial Park Cemetery (27501 S Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, Plot: Ocean View #875) – Grave. “Henry Charles Bukowski, Jr. — Hank — “Don’t try” — 1920-1994.”
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