The future, like the present, can be both wonderful and terrifying. Or does a truly fresh start sound pretty good? Feeling strongly about two or more completely contradictory things is deeply human annoying, but human.
The New York Times15 Nov. The following material may be protected under copyright. It is used here for archival, educational, and research purposes, not for commercial gain or public distribution. Most mornings, there was a guy named Dick in the next booth, reading The New York Times and chuckling over little items he found in it that amused him.
Whatever his reason, I know I both envied and resented his freedom, I would have liked to have leisure and the detachment to chuckle over The Times too—but I had to hustle off to work. Musing About Life Brautigan sounds like a relaxed observer with all the time in the world to muse over the curious little turns life takes.
Overheard remarks, incongruous occurrences, sense impressions, the shape of buildings or the look of people, the color of the weather—all this mixed in with memories, girls, places, jotting in a notebook, made by a man with nothing pressing on him, no compulsion to put it all in perspective, interpret it, drive it to the wall and ask "What does it mean?
The shortest is three lines and the longest is seven pages. No sweat, man, you take it as it comes. There are lots of nice things. A man who "looked if life had given him an endless stream of two-timing girlfriends, five-day drunks and cars with bad transmissions.
A man who is so fond of poems that he decides to take the plumbing out of his house and replace it with poetry. A sudden sight, on a beach near Monterey, of a group of "frog people," boys and girls dressed in black rubber suits with yellow oxygen tanks, eating watermelon.
Finally be tosses a coin and the book loses. Tinting With Literature Brautigan has a good feeling for the American past, for small towns and the erosion of life styles, that is surprising in a man only in his middle thirties.
His longest story is about a boy going hunting in Oregon with his uncle Jarv. They stop in as small town, where Uncle Jarv writes a postcard and the boy stares at a nude Marilyn Monroe calendar on the post office wall.
Somebody in the town has shot two bear cubs and a practical joker dresses them up—one in a white silk negligee—and sits them in a car. He does this too often for comfort.
A story about a "crazy" old lady who fills her house with vases of flowers ends with a sententious bit of irrelevance: This was a month or two before the German army marched into Poland. Four small children without shoes come out on the porch of the shack to stare silently at him.
It is raining and they are getting soaked, but they stand there, staring, silent. The author then nails up this heavy sign on their porch: Once in a while a piece will rise to poetry. Others never get beyond easy vignettes, light enough to blow off the page. Dietrich Notes On Contemporary Literaturevol.
Not that one necessarily needs to be an academic to enjoy this tale, but it helps to know who Michael McClure and Vladimir Mayakovsky are, not to mention Shakespeare, Donne, and Dickinson. It also helps to know that Wordsworth declared poetry to be the result of "a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" and that from Aristotle on the cathartic theory of literature has been popular with critics.
For obviously the hare-brained protagonist of this story has heard something of that sort. Why else would it occur to him to replace his plumbing with poetry? If poetry can drain his spirit of its poisons, why not drain his body as well? This confusion of levels of reality is not surprising in one who profits in insanity.
The insane asylum, for example, "was one of those places that do not look like an insane asylum. In that material realm, as Auden put it, "poetry makes nothing happen.
Our would-be fairy tale sorcerer is a failure, but typically he blames if on the poetry. Note that "he of course had never met a poet in person. That would have been a little too much. That is, physical beings who just like himself need toilets but who are capable of creating the spiritual contradiction that is poetry would be hard to understand for this one-track mind.
But perhaps poetry is a little too insistent in its reality. Installed as literal plumbing, the poetry begins to take itself too literally as a drainer of physical poisons, presuming to be real in a sense it can never be.Impossible Reading Groups. Selected as a featured selection for the Sierra Club reading group program and used in reading groups throughout the country to help keep people going in difficult times.
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