Absurdity

The world is absurd. Ugly absurd. To repair ugly absurdity, we can’t just be normal. We need an alternative absurdity. A beautiful absurdity. I call it «divine madness» …

— In memoriam Charles Bukowski who died yesterday 25 years ago.

Röderstrasse Ecke Adlerstrasse — November 24th 2018

«Pain is strange. A cat killing a bird, a car accident, a fire … Pain arrives, BANG, and there it is, it sits on you. It’s real. And to anybody watching, you look foolish. Like you’ve suddenly become an idiot. There’s no cure for it unless you know somebody who understands how you feel, and knows how to help.» (Women – Chapter 18)

«The day Carl picked us up in time» (Charles Bukowski at Park-Hotel Mannheim 1984) This photo was used for the book «Shakespeare never did this» © Michael Montfort (Carl is Carl Weisnner, the well-known translator of Charles Bukowski’s books)

16. A slow-moving vehicle must turn off a two lane highway at a turnout or another safe place whenever it is being closely followed by:
1 or 2 vehicles ….
3 or 4 vehicles ….
Your coke dealer ….

17. Under the «basic speed law» you may NEVER drive faster than:
The posted speed limit ….
The flow of traffic ….
Where you are and where you wish to be without killing yourself ….

18. At a «blind» intersection (where you cannot see clearly for 100 feet down the cross street in both directions) the speedlimit is:
25 miles per hour ….
35 miles per hour ….
Fast enough to scare the shit out of anybody approaching ….

From the poem: «Traffic And Safe Driving Rules (Passing Grade: Five Errors Or Less)» – written by Charles Bukowski circa 1978-1983 — unpublished.


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