A review of the STORY
by Charles Bukowski
How does an early Bukowski story differ from,
yet point toward, his mature work?
The title of the Charles Bukowski story “Cacoethes Scribendi”—Latin for “incurable itch to write”—will be startling to readers of, say, “Christ on Rollerskates” or “All the Assholes in the World and Mine.” The Bukowski we think we know is as terse as Hemingway nursing a bad hangover, more likely to reference jock itch than some fruity Latin phrase. But here his diction is downright ostentatious: “It was a woman, looking diacritic, argute.” He uses words like zebu and acephalous. This from the guy who wrote “Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.”
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