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Finding Bukowski: Don’t Try

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Living in Los Angeles, it is very easy to cross paths with the former poet laureate of Skid Row, Charles Bukowski. From the most mundane daily task of sending a letter at the USPS Terminal Annex in Downtown L.A. to drinking in any of the numerous dive bars scattered throughout the Southland, you may find yourself living some shades of Bukowski novel in a variety of places. He is to Los Angeles as Woody Allen is to New York—in a seedier, dirtier dirty old man kind of way: An artist who defines a city (both named works after neighborhoods in their towns, Hollywood and Manhattan) and, simultaneously, an artist whose city defines him.

But even with his court apartment on De Longpre now an official landmark (even if his widow, Linda Lee Bukowski, thinks little of it) and the Los Angeles tour company Esotouric offering Bukowski-themed bus tours, there is a fair amount of debate about where Bukowski did what.