Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Bono & Tom Waits recite Bukowski



Despite Bukowski's repeated references to "the gods", this is intense stuff, not beautiful exactly, just intense. Pater Tom's chief criterion for music (as a monk he had penchant for jazz) as well as poetry was "Does it have any damn life in it?" Bukowski's poetry certainly does, life that at times is as beatific as some scenes from Kerouac's On the Road, and life as an existential horror. Of course, the 1987 film Barfly, starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, was based on the life of Charles Bukowski.

2 comments:

  1. I had a friend whose ideal date was a woman who loved Barfly; then he met a woman whose favorite movie was Barfly and that changed his mind...

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  2. As his friend, you probably saw that one coming. I suppose it depends on why the person's favorite movie was Barfly. Either be careful, or at least more specific about what you wish for!

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