Milky Soup

The misty rain and dense fog covering Los Angeles delayed the landing of my flight from Tokyo…so? I’m now in a cab on La Cienega, thinking once again of that Charles Bukowski line about how “the stink of L.A. gets into your bones.” I was lucky enough to chat with Bukowski for 90 minutes or so when I was writing the press notes for Barbet Schroeder‘s adaptation of Barfly. His spirit lives on at Hollywood Elsewhere, as far as it goes. Back then it was Bukowski; today it’s Bomowski.

15 thoughts on “Milky Soup

  1. ghost of a ghost on said:

    “LexG is gone and will never return. He’s an alcoholic, a hooligan and an infant. I feel sorry for him but he’s become a pestilence. He will not pollute this site again.”
    -Posted by Jeffrey Wells on February 21, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Lex is dead, long live Bomowski!

  2. “The misty rain and dense fog covering Los Angeles delayed the landing of my flight from Tokyo…”

    Let it get you into the spirit of your upcoming HOBBIT screening — think about how much it makes things look like Middle Earth. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to attend in costume.

  3. My favorite LAX moment:

    “You wouldn’t have change of a thousand, would you?”
    “What are you, some kinda joker? Get outta here you bum!”
    “Looks like I’m walkin’.”

  4. i don’t feel an LA stink in my bones so much as a rot that you never feel happening to you.

    like being irradiated from the inside out by a small but constant dosage of “sunny & 75″ (present weather excepted), while the rest of the world goes on spinning around you in real time.

    and then suddenly it’s six or seven years later and it only feels like a few weeks or months and you wonder where the better part of a decade of your life went.

    but it’s still gonna be Sunny & 75 tomorrow . . .

  5. BUKOWSKI SAYS…

    Gimmie a dollah….GIMMIE A STINKIN’ DOLLAH….Alright. I’m gettin’ two doughnuts at the gas station, day olds. Maybe THREE damn day olds!

    Whenever I hear Beethoven I forget about this town rotting into a pile of…

    Hold it, I’ll be right back.

    BRRHHUUUGGHHHH.

    …pile of putrid remains that stud this landscape from Fresno to LAX.

  6. “I wonder what the next LexG username will be. Ray Quick? John Spartan? Barney Ross? Cobra Cobretti? Ray Tango?”
    He’s definitely saving Deke DaSilva for last.

  7. LA gets a bad rap, the key to surviving and enjoying the city is seeing her for exactly what she is. Beautiful, Entertaining, Exciting and Shallow. Every city or suburb for that matter has its massive flaws, it’s just a matter of choosing which ones you can live with. It’s greatest flaw is that it’s a terrible city to find or keep love unless you operate on the upper margins.

  8. “I wonder what the next LexG username will be. Ray Quick? John Spartan? Barney Ross? Cobra Cobretti? Ray Tango?”
    He’s definitely saving Deke DaSilva for last.”

    I’m rooting for Snaps Provolone

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