If You’re Going To Try, Go All The Way, By Charles Bukowski


More Bukowski today. I never seem to get tired of his writing.

I recently watched the film adaptation of Factotum (the one with Matt Dillon), and the closing lines hit me hard (the character is in a strip club in that scene, so obligatory nudity warning on that link).

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

Or if you enjoyed the last Bukowski post with Tom O’Bedlam reading ‘So, You Want To Be A Writer?’ then here’s a link to another profound reading by him of this one.

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