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The Most Beautiful Woman In Town and Other Stories, Charles Bukowski"I mean, I'm JACKING OFF, can't you understand how hard that is to do?"
"it's not hard, Sanchez, I do it all the time..."
"oh, you ox! I mean I had the camera rigged-up with a string. Do you realize what an enactment it was to remain quietly in focus, ejaculate, and trigger the camera at the same time?"
"I don't use a camera."
"how many men do? you miss the point, as usual. who the hell you are translated into the German, the Spanish, the French and so forth, I'll never know! look, do you realize that it took me THREE DAYS to make this SIMPLE photograph? do you know how many times I had to JACK OFF?"
I couldn't make this list and not include an excerpt from Bukowski's story "Ten Jack Offs." And so here it is. And so this list is finished, and I've corrupted you much in the way that Sherman Alexie's novel has been corrupting young minds since it was first published, if, that is, you think that reading about masturbation is a thing that can corrupt minds, which I don't. Probably you should read one of these books, from start to finish, and appreciate the fact that you're not 11-years-old anymore and no one can tell you what you can and can't read. Being a kid is the worst.
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