From the book:
Drinking With Bukowski
Charles Bukowski interviewed by Sean Penn
He’s unreadable and overrated. But people don’t want to hear that. You see, you cannot attack shrines. Shakespeare is embedded through the centuries. You can say “So-and-so is lousy actor!” But you can’t say Shakespeare is shit. The longer something is around, snobs begin to attach themselves to it, like suckerfish. When snobs feel something is safe…they attach. The moment you tell them the truth, they go wild. They can’t handle it. It’s attacking their own thought process. They disgust me.
I never write in the daytime. It’s like running through the shopping mall with your clothes off. Everybody can see you. At night… that’s when you pull the tricks… magic.