LitStaff Pick: The Best Books for Graduates

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Charles Bukowski

This would be if I had to give myself a book for graduation — one that would show me how not to go about doing things. Bukowski, one of the true idiots of American fiction, delights in showing us how to waste one’s life via drinking, gambling and promiscuous sex; but he also does the added favor of showing budding writers the correct way to ruin their craft and drain it of all perceivable value. Oh shit, man, hating societal existence is soooo deep. Fuck you, Charles Bukowski, and fuck that shallow worldview of yours that seems to remain so popular among people my age.

-Sam Spokony

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