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I'm pretty damned sure that the tombstone advice means "Don't try ... do!" (As I recall, that was a line in a popular movie. Taking poets literally is risky.) IOW, 'go all the way' is not like a new-year's resolution.

Bukowski spent most of his life being Bukowski. Better results than the post-office position. Beats the great, grey middle all to hell.




> Bukowski spent most of his life being Bukowski. Better results than the post-office position. Beats the great, grey middle all to hell.

For us it's great, we get Bukowski. For Bukowski, it seems less enjoyable.




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