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style

style is the answer to everything. a fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing. to do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without style. to do a dangerous thing with style, is what i call art. bullfighting can be an art. boxing can be an art. loving can be an art. opening a can of sardines can be an art. not many have style. not many can keep style. i have seen dogs with more style than men. although not many dogs have style. cats have it with abundance.

when hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun, that was style. for sometimes people give you style. joan of arc had style. john the baptist. jesus. socrates. caesar. garcía lorca. i have met men in jail with style. i have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail. style is a difference, a way of doing, a way of being done. six herons standing quietly in a pool of water, or you, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me.


—charles bukowski


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