interview

what would you do if you had 5 minutes to
live? he asked.

nothing.

really?

yes, nothing.

all right, suppose you had 2
weeks?

nothing.

come on, don’t give me that, be
serious!

I think I
am.

all right, suppose you had 2
months?

either hold up a bank or take
up
water-skiing.

you’re not being realistic
about this whole
thing.

oh yes, you’re giving me
longer and longer to
live…
what would you do
if you had 2 months to
live?

well, he answered, I’d
drink and fuck,
plenty.

o.k., put me down for
the same.

now you’re talking!
he said.

for a man with 2 months to
live
he looked pretty
satisfied.

Author
Charles Bukowski
Written
1983
Source
Original manuscript