Charles Bukowski Was a Wage Slave And So Are You

“They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. I could see all this. Why couldn’t they?”  That’s Bukowski in a letter to John Martin, his publisher. Martin had encouraged Bukowski to quit his post office job to write fulltime; Bukowski was able to do it, but  only because of a promised stipend from Martin. He was 49 when he quit working. He wrote this letter at 64, reflecting on the “jolly joy of the miracle” of getting out.

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selenana (#673)

Where is the tag “writers quitting their jobs at the postal service”? This is your second such article!

TARDIStime (#1,633)

“They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. I could see all this. Why couldn’t they?”

They could see it. What they COULDN’T see was a way out, such as the one so generously provided by John Martin for Bukowski.

max (#6,196)

I totally agree. Getting interaction into a blog post, helps the actual blog post gain more traction online trading :)

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