Hot Water Music (book)

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First edition

Hot Water Music is a collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski, published in 1983 by Black Sparrow Press. The collection deals largely with: drinking, women, gambling, and writing. It is an important collection that establishes Bukowski's minimalist style and his thematic oeuvre.


  • Less Delicate than the Locust
  • Scream When You Burn
  • A Couple of Gigolos
  • The Great Poet
  • You Kissed Lily
  • Hot Lady
  • It's a Dirty World
  • 900 Pounds
  • Decline and Fall
  • Have You Read Pirandello?
  • Strokes to Nowhere
  • Some Mother
  • Scum Grief
  • Not Quite Bernadette
  • Some Hangover
  • A Working Day
  • The Man Who Loved Elevators
  • Head Job
  • Turkeyneck Morning
  • In and Out and Over
  • I love you Albert
  • White Dog Hunch
  • Long Distance Drunk
  • How To Get Published
  • Spider
  • The Death of the Father I
  • The Death of the Father II
  • Harry Ann Landers
  • Beer at the Corner Bar
  • The Upward Bird
  • Cold Night
  • A Favor for Don
  • Praying Mantis
  • Broken Merchandise
  • Home Run
  • Fooling Marie

Other references[edit]

The band Hot Water Music took their name from this book.