Hollywood by Charles Bukowski Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s alter-ego, is pushed to decipher a semi-autobiographical book into a screenplay for John Pinchot. He reluctantly concurs and is pushed into the otherworld called Hollywood, with its parade of unpredictable and incensing characters: makers, specialists, performing artists and on-screen characters, film officials and writers. In this world, the imaginativeness of books and film is misplaced to the dollar, and Chinaski battles to keep his balance within the tangle of cons that contain motion picture making. Hollywood is Messy Ancient Man Bukowski at his most clear. It floods with curses, sex, and liquor. And through it all, or from it all, Bukowski finds flashes of truth almost the human condition.