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Video: Charles Bukowski Revisits Hollywood Blvd. In 1985

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About nine years before his death, when he was in his mid-60s, Charles Bukowski took a tour of Hollywood Boulevard in a convertible, revisiting many of his old haunts. The liquor stores, the bars, the ghosts of the women that kept him company—this isn't for tourists looking for the Walk of Fame.

He tells his audience, "Where did I get all of those stories out of those few blocks? Well they came to see me, those girls, you know, the most vicious women in the world came and knocked on my door. They knew how to find a softie. Now I'm all straightened out. I feel great. I miss a little of that dirty action now and then I've gotta admit it. Teaches where humanity is. You never want to forget that." And then a suggestion: "You don't have to come to Hollywood, I told you all about Hollywood and Western, you gotta relax, forget it, go to sleep."

[via Open Culture]