Charles Bukowski
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Charles Bukowski on censorship

The thing that I fear discriminating against is humor and truth.

In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. If I write of “sadism” it is because it exists, I didn’t invent it, and if some terrible act occurs in my work it is because such things happen in our lives. I am not on the side of evil, if such a thing as evil abounds. In my writing I do not always agree with what occurs, nor do I linger in the mud for the sheer sake of it.

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can’t vent any anger against them. I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere, in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.
Charles Bukowski, 1985

From the amazing Letters of Note (via Clayton Cubitt).

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One thought on “Charles Bukowski on censorship

  1. That has made my day in terms of feeling like there’s someone else out there who gets it. Brilliant truthful writing. I’ll look into this Bukowski feller, I’ve vaguely heard of him before.

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