Today is Charles Bukowski’s birthday. He was born on August 16, 1920.

I’ll write to my last god damned breath, whether anybody thinks it’s good or not. The end as the beginning. I was meant to be like this. It’s as simple and profound as that.

—Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski: On Writing is one of the books on my list of “writers on writing,” alongside books by Stephen King, Thomas Wolfe and A. Scott Berg. They are not writing manuals but inspirational books that give an insight into the writer’s life and the craft of writing.

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