Melissa Turkington is a writer and script reader based in LA. She won the 2017 Nate Wilson Award and 2020 AFF Drama Pilot Award. She's been featured in Deadline and GOOD.
The way Bukowski has become seated in modern culture likely has a lot more to do with the audience's perceptions than the work itself.
The artist’s response to pain is to counteract it with beauty—an urge to affirm life even as we are drowning. Sometimes we make magic. Sometimes we get it wrong.
Am I the only one who finds it a wee bit unhealthy we are expected to lay bare our most intimate struggles just to force a bunch of strangers to feel something?
He was never quite able to pin the magnificent, ethereal creature inside his head to paper, and that fact consumed him.
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