Hank Moody is My Writing Hero, But My Life’s Not Californication

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Hank Moody is My Writing Hero, But My Life’s Not Californication

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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t’s a sunny day in California inside a local bar somewhere on Venice Beach. Our man, Hank Moody, is seated on a bar stool, sipping on his fifth glass of whisky neat. There’s a pretty girl across the bar, who keeps flashing Hank a sultry smile. According to the fantasy factory that is American television, this is business as usual for Hank, who is supposed to be a washed-up writer facing the creative block of a lifetime.

In Hank’s world, the smiling lady will invariably approach him and lead him to her bed, where Hank’s performance as a sexual being will peak. Once the act is over, Hank will get off the bed, light a cigarette and contemplate life until this episode of Californication gets its (ahem) happy ending. Over the course of seven seasons, we see Hank master everything including the art of day drinking, hurting the people he loves, and indulging in promiscuous relationships with countless women.

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