Ace: «What are you drinking at this moment?»
Buk: «Mirrassou 1984 Gamay Beaujolais.»
Ace: «You say ‹the madhouses, skidrows and graveyards are filled with the likes of me.› What do you think it was that saved you from that fate?»
Buk: «Well, I’ve made skidrow and the graveyard awaits. Staying out of the madhouse? Well, I suppose I never harmed anybody too badly, and the madness was released in the writing.»
«I might be one of the few bloggers who don’t seem to be about community. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE to be read and viewed, and enjoy your comments and likes, and I reply too, but I don’t wish to conform in order to get noticed more or liked more.»
The words above are Charles Bukowski’s (here given the title: «The World’s Greatest Fucker») – in an excerpt of an interview with «Twisted Image» (No. 8 / January 29th 1987). — Twisted Image was a cartoon strip and a zine by Ace Backwords in the 80s – until in 1994 Ace burned out and «embarked on a third dynamic career as a homeless street bum».
Backword’s comic strip, «Twisted Image», was first seen in his zine of the same name. Since then, the strip has appeared in hundreds of publications. In a style — inspired by R. Crumb, it lampoons countercultural stereotypes and documents Backwords’ experienced as a homeless resident of San Francisco.
The very issue of «Twisted Image» featured here — contains a full page interview with Charles Bukowski («The World’s Greatest Fucker») – two photographs by Michael Montfort – plus the obligatory «Twisted Image Insert» («Berzerkeley Comix»). — Anybody interested in a copy give me a shout.