Bukowski – “BORN INTO THIS” documentary film

[Moved from my old Myspace blog.  Original post date was July 3, 2006.]



as the






(poem by Charles Bukowski)

I’ve been watching the DVD of BUKOWSKI – BORN INTO THIS. It’s a very good documentary, giving a fair and balanced portrait of the man and the artist. Weird for me to see this as I knew the guy and have been in contact in one form or another (mostly letters) with some of the people interviewed or discussed in the film: small press editors and poets, mostly. So for me it’s kind of like seeing a documentary on my high school class. My one reservation about the film is I wonder if the filmmaker’s objectivity has been compromised by his friendship with Linda Bukowski, Hank’s last wife. The marriage seems to be viewed from her perspective, and she comes off looking pretty good in the film. To what extent would this be handled differently if the filmmaker wasn’t friends with her? But that’s a small quibble. It’s a great film for Bukowski fans and anyone who wants to learn more about one of the twentieth century’s most influential writers.


About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on Shoggoth.net. He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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