November 6, 2004 16:47 | Culture / Identity


Style is the answer to everything.
Fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous day.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without style.
To do a dangerous thing with style, is what I call art.
Bullfighting can be an art.
Boxing can be an art.
Loving can be an art.
Opening a can of sardines can be an art.
Not many have style.
Not many can keep style.
I have seen dogs with more style than men.
Although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.

When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun, that was style.
For sometimes people give you style.
Joan of Arc had style.
John the Baptist.
Garc??a Lorca.
I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is a difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water, or you, walking naked
out of the bathroom without seeing me.

- Charles Bukowski See comment below.


I love that quote!
Which book is that from?


Yo QuaySeee!

No idea what tome(s) it may be published in. I heard a reading of it, by Charlie, sampled into an electro track:

"Style Pt.II" - Mansfield
Various Artists / Tokyo: The Sex, The City, The Music

Googled some of the words and found a transcript.
You need to hear him read it.

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except
there's no music, no choreography and the dancers hit each other." --Jack Handey

this is a quote from the movie of Marco Ferreri, in which Ben Gazzara plays Bukowski. I don't think he ever actually wrote that.

tatus: seems you are correct.
Storie di ordinaria follia

"Style is the answer to everything," intones skid row poet Charles Serking, played by the suitably grizzled and worn Ben Gazarra, to his somnambulistic audience. Serking is, of course, a not-at-all veiled stand-in for beat legend Charles Bukowksi, whose autobiographical short stories were the basis for this film.