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The Culture Vulture's guide to summer reading



Shawn Stucky, visual artist, is thinking about rereading:

Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski

The book is composed of a bunch of short stories, which for me makes for an easier read since I tend to get distracted easily. I enjoyed the crude and minimalist writing style of his stories. I was curious to analyze his approach to human existence as being gritty, lonely, and destructive. I also enjoyed the content of the stories, which are full of drinking, sex, cursing, and gambling. The best part is I can see myself in some of these situations. Overall, the book is very explicit, and it's not for the faint of heart. I didn't feel guilty drinking a few bottles of wine while reading it.

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