Writer Charles Bukowski was born in Germany on 16 August 1920. He was drunk by 17 August 1920.
Just kidding! Sort of. Charles Bukowski was certainly a famous drunk. More people know about his drinking, I’d wager, than about his poems or stories. At a distance, he carries the perverse glamor of the down and out drunk. Here are some of his quotes about drinking, courtesy of Buzzfeed.
Here’s a photo of just how glamorous it is to be a hard-core drinker:
And here’s a photo of Charles Bukowski’s headstone, with its famous epitaph of “Don’t Try”:
And here’s a short video of Bukowski talking about a hangover:
Bukowski died in 1994 from cancer complications.
(Headstone photo by Andy Sax and from Find-A Grave.)