Henry Chinaski never cared for the American dream, the thought of needing to become 'something' and fit into the system disgusts him. He believes that life is free and yours to live like you see fit, and if that in some cases involves copious amounts of whiskey then so be it. Henry spends his days drinking and listening to the radio, and he spends his nights drinking and fighting against Eddy who he thinks personifies shallowness and shameless self promoting. Sometimes in the middle of this he finds the time to jot down a few lines of poetry or a short story. After fighting Eddy and winning for a change Henry is thrown out of his regular bar where Eddy is a bartender. This leads him to seek another watering hole where he happens to find Wanda who is a barfly, in her own words "if another man came along with a fifth of whiskey, I'd go with him". Henry is not fazed by this thou and moves in with her. Of course Wanda immediately goes off and sleeps with Eddy, but after some clothes ... Written by
Erik Wallen <email@example.com>
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
16 October 1987 (USA)
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Contrary to popular belief, Bukowski thought that Rourke's performance was 'mis-done' to begin with, but grew to like his depiction of Chinaski as the production continued. Verified in the booklet accompanying 'The Charles Bukowski Tapes' on DVD. See more
Henry calls an ambulance and gives address of apartment building as 334, while in scene earlier that day building is clearly marked 360. See more
Now look. Twenty bucks for that kind of head is outrageous.
I did ya good, old fart. I did ya good. I oughta bit your champagne cork off.
I'm givin' ya fifteen bucks.
Twenty bucks. Nobody in this neighborhood can swallow paste like I can.
By Steve Cropper
, Booker T. Jones
, Al Jackson, Jr. and Donal Dunn
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (DMI)
Performed by Booker T and the MG's
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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