Charles Bukowski quote about art from Factotum - But starvation, unfortunately, didn't improve art. It only hindered it.
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But starvation, unfortunately, didn't improve art. It only hindered it.
 Charles Bukowski, Factotum (1975). copy citation

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Author Charles Bukowski
Source Factotum
Topic art difficulty starvation
Date 1975
Language English
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Weblink https://libcom.org/files/Factotum%20-%20Charles%20Bukowski.pdf

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“That was all a man needed: hope. It was lack of hope that discouraged a man. I remembered my New Orleans days, living on two five-cent candy bars a day for weeks at a time in order to have leisure to write. But starvation, unfortunately, didn't improve art. It only hindered it. A man's soul was rooted in his stomach. A man could write much better after eating a porterhouse steak and drinking a pint of whiskey than he could ever write after eating a nickel candy bar. The myth of the starving artist was a hoax.” source

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