«At the worst of times, in the worst of cities, if I could have a small room, if I could close the door of that small room and be alone in it with the old dresser, the bed, the torn window shade, I would begin to fill with something good; the unmolested tone of the singular self. I had no problem with myself, it was those places out there, those faces out there, the wasted ruined lives – people settling for the cheapest and easiest way out. Between church and state, the family structure; between our educational and entertainment systems; between the eight–hour job and the credit system, they were burned alive. Closing the door to a small room or sitting in a bar night and day was my way of saying no to all that.»
— Taken from: «Bukowski In His Own Words» (Little Lagoon Press, 1998)
Audio: «Grammar Of Life» – a Bootleg recording on the CD «Happy Hour» included in the above mentioned Little Lagoon Press publication.
From «Charles Bukowski Speaks Out» (Chicago Literary Times – published in March 1963): Interview by Arnold L. Kaye, Los Angeles Correspondent to the Chicago Literary Times:
Kaye: «To get down to more serious matters, what influence do you feel Mickey Mouse has had on the American imagination?»
Bukowski: «Tough. Tough, indeed. I would say that Mickey Mouse had a greater influence on the American public than Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, Rabelais, Shostakovich, Lenin, and/or Van Gogh. Which say «What?» about the American public. Disneyland remains the central attraction of Southern California, but the graveyard remains our reality.»