That was all a man needed…

“That was all a man needed: hope. It was the lack of hope that discouraged a man. I remember my New Orleans days, living on two five-cent candy bars a day for weeks at a time in order to have leisure time to write. But starvation, unfortunately, didn’t improve art. It only hindered it. A man’s soul was rooted in his stomach. A man could write much better after eating a porterhouse steak and drinking a pint of whiskey than he could ever write after eating a nickel candy bar. The myth of the starving artist was a hoax. Once you realised that everything was a hoax you got wise and began to bleed and burn your fellow man. I’d build an empire upon the broken bodies and lives of helpless men, women, and children-i’d shove it to them all the way. I’d show them!”

Charles Bukowski – Factotum Chapter 29. (1978)

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