"Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column ""Notes of A Dirty
Old Man"" for the underground newspaper ""Open City"". Perennially
drunk, broke and in search of a woman, Bukowski takes on the guise
of a wise fool as he ventures through America's seedy lowlife.
Peopled by Kerouac, Burroughs and other much less salubrious
characters, his exploits provoke humour and despair, whilst
highlighting the inherent beauty and futility of life."