The Most Beautiful Woman in Town
• "The Most Beautiful Woman in Town."
• Bukowski meets and forms a relationship with Cass, a beautiful, talented, yet extremely troubled young woman with a penchant for self-mutilation (as evidenced by her driving a hat pin through her nose on their first meeting).
• Bukowski leaves town for several months and, upon his return, resumes his affair with Cass, who has added several new piercings and self-inflicted scars to her body.
• Bukowski deeply cares for Cass, though she does not wish to live with him.
• Bukowski takes a week long job that keeps him away from Cass. In his absence, the girl commits suicide.
• Bukowski receives the news of Cass's death and berates himself for not taking better care of the girl, spiraling deep into depression.
Kid Stardust on the Porterhouse
• "Kid Stardust on the Porterhouse."
• Bukowski briefly finds work in a meat-packing plant...
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