Saturday, December 5, 2009

Postal Service, a novel

In 1971, Charles Bukowski wrote his first novel, Post Office, which described his ten-year career in the Post Office. His struggles with supervision became a backdrop for the personal story of his drinking, gambling and sordid affairs.

I joined the Postal Service a few year after it was reorganized into a newer, more efficient, more modern organization that could successfully take the company into the 21st century.

As I neared the end of my career I found myself having the same struggles with supervision that Bukowski experienced even though I didn’t come to work drunk and didn’t miss work to play the horses.

In the end, I concluded that the new, enlightened Postal Service wasn't a whole lot different than the old, outmoded Post Office. And, just as Bukowski had done, I decided to write a novel about it.