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I Bet The Horses, Then I Come Back

I never type in the morning. I don’t get up in the morning. I drink at night. I try to stay in bed until twelve o’clock, that’s noon. Usually, if I have to get up earlier, I don’t feel good all day. I look, if it says twelve, then I get up and my day begins. I eat something, and then I usually run right up to the race track after I wake up. I bet the horses, then I come back and Linda cooks something and we talk awhile, we eat, and we have a few drinks, and then I go upstairs with a couple of bottles and I type — starting around nine-thirty and going until one-thirty, to, two-thirty at night. And that’s it.

—Charles Bukowski, from Brainpicker.

Compare to Murakami’s daily routine, while working.

Brainpicker has also excerpted accounts from Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, E. B. White, Jack Kerouac, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Simone de Beauvoir, Ernest Hemingway, Don DeLillo, Benjamin Franklin, William Gibson, Maya Angelou, Anaïs Nin, and Kurt Vonnegut, if you’re interested.

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