On a recent WGN radio broadcast, host Nick Digilio discussed Charles Bukowski’s life and legacy with social historian Richard Schave (Bukowski tour “Haunts of a Dirty Old Man”) and Buk’s close friend and confidante Joan Jobe Smith (author of the memoir Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis). Listen to the program at

by Charles Bukowski

it was on the 2nd floor on Coronado Street
I used to get drunk
and throw the radio through the window
while it was playing, and, of course,
it would break the glass in the window
and the radio would sit there on the roof
still playing
and I’d tell my woman,
“Ah, what a marvelous radio!”

Photo: Charles Bukowski’s typewriter, radio, glass, and glasses