lowside of the road

Waits defended himself by claiming it was essential to his art that he lived the part of a down-and-out. “You almost have to create situations in order to write about them,” he explained to the LA Times, “so I live in a constant state of self imposed poverty.” He told Rambler that there were “different criteria for success - like the American credit card - but for me life in the streets is much more fascinating”.
—  Barney Hoskins - Lowside of the Road - A life of Tom Waits. p161.