Sep. 15th, 2017

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Sep. 15th, 2017 04:12 am
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“The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone.”

-- Martin Amis

The Secret

Sep. 15th, 2017 05:56 pm
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I just discovered Bukowski's prose-poem "The Secret", which I perhaps should make my creed, my religious consolation. It doesn't offer a loving god or a Heaven, but it takes away some of the fire from one's disappointments and unquenched lust and hence makes life a little less hellish.

He says, "Nobody has the beautiful lady" and "nobody is exceptional and wonderful". The idea of great lives is just a con. "You can die knowing this and you will have the only possible victory." In other words, you are not a loser: life itself is a losing proposition.

It is noteworthy, too, that he apparently wrote this in his last years for his posthumous collection. So, he had death and consolation very much on his mind. It was his last chance to nail down life and try to understand it.

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