How to be a great writer by Charles Bukowski

you’ve got to fuck a great many women beautiful women and write a few decent love poems. and don’t worry about age and / or freshly-arrived talents. just drink more beer more and more beer and attend the racetrack at least once a week and win if possible. learning to win is hard– any slob can be a good loser. and don’t forget your Brahms and your Bach and your beer. don’t overexcercise. sleep until noon. avoid credit cards or paying for anything on time. remember that there isn’t a piece of ass in this world worth more than $50 (in 1977). and if you have the ability to love love yourself first but always be aware of the possibility of total defeat whether the reason for that defeat seems right or wrong– an early taste of death is not necessarily a bad thing. stay out of churches and bars and museums, and like the spider be patient– time is everybody’s cross, plus exile defeat treachery all that dross. stay with the beer. beer is continuous blood. a continuous lover. get a large typewriter and as the footsteps go up and down outside your window hit that thing hit it hard make it a heavyweight fight make it the bull when he first charges in and remember the old dogs who fought so well: Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun. If you don’t think they didn’t go crazy in tiny rooms just like you’re doing now without women without food without hope then you’re not ready. drink more beer. there’s time. and if there’s not that’s all right too.

A man’s point of view. All we need to change it Is switch he to she. Nothing else. The beer can remain. Reminds Of pregnancy. Where a bottle stood On the bump.Resting, Waiting To be drunk. And it Was. We all escape with drink then write.12:38 am 2 glasses of red wine, two beers,  not pregnant.

Aug, 2oo8.


The Directors of the Barefoot Gallery invite you

to a public lecture and an open discussion by

Raghavan Kadirgamar

“Inner Peace can lead to outer peace,

inner conflict can lead to outer conflict.

An architect by profession Raghavan shares from his own life experience the perennial Advaita teachings from India and the concepts of his Guru Ramesh Balsekar, who would tell seekers from around the world;

‘Consciousness is all there is,

Everything is a happening,

According to the will of God.’

The end of suffering, killing the ego, finding happiness, inner peace, reincarnation, life purpose, enlightenment, what is death, being one with God, are some of the questions that all seekers ask.

Ramana Maharshi the sage of Arunachala had only one suggestion for seekers, ask yourself…

‘ Who Am I ? ’

So . . . WHO is asking the question?

Come and share the questions, thoughts, ideas, and maybe leave with less concepts of who you are, a peeling away of beliefs, ideologies, conditioning, that may reveal who you are not, and simply ‘what is!’

“Knowledge says I am nothing.

Love says I am everything.

My life flows betweens these two.”

Nisargadatta Maharaj

*For more information on Advaita, Ramesh Balsekar, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and others please visit,

Date: Monday, 8thth November, 2010

From: 7:30 pm


Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP 2505559

704 Galle Road, Colombo-3

(Behind Barefoot entrance via 8th Lane)