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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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5. An Oddball Day

Huntington Library  

Follow in the footsteps of L.A.’s unofficial bard, the late Charles Bukowski. Begin with a visit to Huntington Library, where Bukowski’s widow donated his entire archive, including self-portraits and hand-edited pages of Ham on Rye. For a typical Bukowski lunch (a liquid one, in other words), order a boilermaker (one shot whiskey, one mug beer) at Barney’s Beanery, one of the author’s favorite dives. Then heed his gambling advice and bet “against the general public” at the Santa Anita Racetrack. Finish your day at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where Bukowski often took his girlfriends on dates, or pay your respects at the author’s own eternal resting place, the Green Hills Memorial Park in San Pedro. His is the epitaph that reads: “Don’t Try.”

Published on Jan 31, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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