Not the nicest human being ever, but he wrote some really fantastic poetry. The first time I encountered Bukowski was my freshman year of college at Michigan State. A pretentious young man with a beard, intent on getting into my pants, loaned me a book. No, it didn’t work, if you’re wondering. And Bukowski, from everything I’ve heard, was a huge misogynist.
Not so many years later, Johnette Napolitano, having taken a break from Concrete Blonde to form Pretty & Twisted, put Bukowski’s Singing is Fire to music. It is one of my favorite songs to this day.
I never did watch Barfly though.