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A Tribute to Richard Brautigan


Local Minneapolis writers Michael "Spam" Hall, Mike Finley, Kelly Green, and Scott Vetsch will be celebrating the ways author Richard Brautigan influenced them fundamentally. To pay tribute to this once popular poet in a country that does not hold poetry in high esteem, a poet that could even be found at B.Dalton Books, they will read from his work, toss in some history, some gossip, and spin the stories of his life.

A little bit about the much celebrated author: Richard Gary Brautigan (January 30, 1935 – ca. September 16, 1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often employs black comedy, parody, and satire. He is best known for his novels Trout Fishing in America (1967) and In Watermelon Sugar (1968).

"Brautigan is commonly seen as the bridge between the Beat Movement of the 1950s and the youth revolution of the 1960s." A so-called guru of the sixties counterculture, Brautigan wrote of nature, life, and emotion; his unique imagination provided the unusual settings for his themes.

Guy Davenport commented in the Hudson Review: "Mr. Brautigan locates his writing on the barricade which the sane mind maintains against spiel and bilge, and here he cavorts with a divine idiocy, thumbing his nose. But he makes clear that at his immediate disposal is a fund of common sense he does not hesitate to bring into play. He is a kind of Thoreau who cannot keep a straight face."

Eat My Words almost never has Brautigan books in stock as we all love him so much that he does not make it to the shelves or he does not stay there long.

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