But they don't understand, they say something like,"you
say you've been influenced by Celine?"
"no," I hold the cat up,"by what happens, by
things like this, by this, by this!"

from Charles Bukowski – The History of One Tough Motherfucker on Rap Genius

Meaning

Celine = Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), controversial French novelist.

Bukowski’s critical reception during his lifetime was mixed at best. Some critics saw his work as “superficial and misogynist,” while others took this stance as tongue-in-cheek.

Like many writers, the man hated interviews. Here he brusquely (and, perhaps, disingenuously) rejects the idea that he has been influenced by literature, pointing instead to the raw realities of life as his “inspiration.”

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