Post war America saw an urban geography phenomena coined the “White Flight”. This was a migration of the middle classes to suburban settlements; there has been a large amount of criticism of this as it often led to social exclusion and racial segregation, often ghettoising inner city areas. Government policy supported the movement through investing in large amounts of infrastructure to allow the ‘flight’, including urban highways.
"Charles Bukowski’s face was a work of art — a gnarled expanse of hills and valleys and craters, plastered over with acne and pustules, spotted with wiry whiskers, bloated by a deluge of booze, and yellowed by an all-enveloping smoke. It was a face only a mother could love".
booze keeps flowing out through your skin the next day.
4th class mail is generally know as junk mail. People love to hate junk mail and there are whole sites dedicated to ridiculing bad junk mail. The volume of junk mail has been a hinderance to postal services, to obtain a 'bulk mail' permit in the United States the mail must adhere to certain specification to make it easier for the sorters and carriers. Something I'm sure Bukowski would have approved of.
This is after one of Chinaski's colleagues gets accused of being a paedophile after giving sweets to a little girl. The boss agrees with the mother defending his stance by saying the “publics dynamite”. It is currently a big topic in the UK, creating heated debate, with new laws being put forward to vet anybody who come into contact with children.
Bukowski spent alot of his time trying to make money at the racecouse
As Michael Greenberg discusses in the Boston Review "Bukowski's impatience with trust funders, wannabes, feminists, bourgeois liberals, and almost every other writer in the world" He was scathing of feminism. For detailed analysis of Bukowskis use of female characters see Korhonen.
Las Vegas is famous for cheap weddings; the idea has been an important narrative tool for a number of recent comedy films. Such as The Hangover.
The American Bison is often mistaken for a Buffalo, but it is still a formidable beast.