Adventures of a Young Man
That, of course, was one of the central pieces of Trout Fishing in America, and possibly my favorite. Not sure how many times I reread that book. People looking for a simple narrative to drive a story completely missed what Mr. Brautigan was doing; especially in pieces like the "Cleveland Wrecking Yard." I've never really stopped reading him. Never will, I expect.
Thanks, Steve. I try to find a balance, and I know people get deluged with enough politics on a daily basis so I try to properly communicate my perspective, which I believe is unique, and break it up with some story telling now and again.
It can't be easy in today's political climate to stay measured in your content, but you seem to have the ability to do so.
That picture of him on the cover looks exactly like Carl.
Thanks for the note, Dave. I guess it's more of a gravel side road than an intersection, ha. But it's a lovely memory of a time gone by. May have to repeat that trip again soon on my motorcycle.
Thanks, amigo. We all get tired of politics pretty fast these days but it's important to not ignore it, and just as important to turn away from it enough to stay sane.
Yeah, the similarities are pretty shocking.
I first ran across Richrd Brautigan in the late 1970s. Not him, of course; his writing. I was teaching high school English, and I was always looking for interesting reading to give my students. "The Cleveland Wrecking Yard" was in a short story anthology. I thought it was the most surrealistically brilliant thing I'd ever read. Not brilliant like Benjy's trip to the golf course in "The Sound and the Fury;" no, brilliant differently.
It became assigned reading to my seniors, most of whom thought it was "weird" and they "couldn't follow along." Never mind. For the four or five students who GOT IT, they got it good. I still hear from some of those students, 40+ years later. And, of course, I still read "The Cleveland Wrecking Yard" from time to time to appreciate a great story well-told.
Which is the same reason I faithfully read "Texas To The World," Jim. Thanks.
Yes, Jim, an occasional foray into essays such as this is a wonderful interlude from your political insights. I mean it’s rare these days to find an intersection of “Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s cabin at Big Sur, which was near the cabin Kerouac borrowed…” Whoa, thanks for your artistry.
look forward to reading your work twice each week. Man, was I getting tired of politics this week. J.B. you and I must've been of shared mind. I do so enjoy reading your youthful adventures. I don't believe I'd ever tire of reading them.