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In an interview, Charles Bukowski referred to his father as his literary instructor. His father beat Bukowski with a leather strap three times a week, when the writer was six until he was eleven. Bukowski said the beatings taught him how to type.

The interviewer asked how one led to another.

Bukowski replied in his deadpan manner: ‘When you get the shit kicked out of you long enough, you have a tendency to say what you really mean. You have all the pretense beat out of you.’

*And here’s a short story inspired by Bukowski.

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