In my writing I do not always agree with what occurs, nor do I linger in the mud for the sheer sake of it but if I wrote only and continually of the “light” and never mentioned the other, then as an artist I would be a liar.
My days, my years, my life has seen up and downs, lights and darknesses
As a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. If I write of “sadism” it is because it exists, I didn’t invent it, and if some terrible act occurs in my work it is because such things happen in our lives. I am not on the side of evil, if such a thing as evil abounds.
Also, it is curious that the people who rail against my work seem to overlook the sections of it which entail joy and love and hope, and there are such sections.
Charles Bukowski on writing and his work in the letter to a journalist Hans van den Broek.
Taken and edited from Letters of Note