Don’t try.

Yoda said “Do or do not… there is no try.” Bukowski simply said, “don’t try.”

The difference is David Carradine in “Kung Fu” and “Kill Bill” (or heaven forbid Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi): inspiration versus desperation.

From the awesome Letters of Note:

In a letter to good friend, fellow poet, and founder of New York Quarterly magazine William Packard in 1990, then-70yr-old Charles Bukowski discusses the art of writing, reiterating his belief that a writer’s words and ideas should come naturally, and not be forced.

For more information, links and a typed transcript see Letters of Note, Don’t try.

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