Tales of Ordinary Madness - Doing Time with Public Enemy No. 1 Summary & Analysis

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Doing Time with Public Enemy No. 1 Summary

Charles Bukowski is sitting at home when the FBI knocks on his door and drags him away to prison. First, they question him about the whereabouts of his uncle, who is deceased. Then, the police incarcerate Bukowski for dodging the draft. In Moyamensing prison, he shares a cell with Courtney Taylor, another draft dodger and slippery con artist. Bukowski settles into a routine in prison, until he is reassigned to share a cell with an old man who steals his sheets and speaks no English. Finally, Bukowski can leave the prison and go to an induction center, where he passes the physical examination for combat. Then, he visits a psychiatrist who asks him if he believes in war. Bukowski says no, and the psychiatrist deems him unfit for combat for excessive sensitivity, and the poet is free...

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