Book Review: Charles Bukowski’s On Writing is essential for fans but few others

Unlike Stephen King’s 2000 book of the same title, Charles Bukowski’s On Writing is less concerned with the art of its author’s chosen craft than the business of it, the dispiriting processes of pitching and revisions that any professional wordsmith will be oh-so-familiar with. Also unlike King’s, Bukowski’s book is a collection of correspondences, not a structured work, and certainly not one written explicitly for publication (though at one point he frets that a mention of black...

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