Thursday, 20 September 2012

Messy, Isn't It?

Listened to Messy Isn't It? - The Life and Works of Richard Brautigan. What did I learn?

Firstly, the 'messy isn't it?' note is a myth.

Secondly, through a combination of story-telling and lights set up on timer switches, it took a long time for anyone to realise something was wrong. Actually, I already knew this. But what I didn't know was how gruesome the state of his body was in when they finally found him.

Then there was a detail that might have come from one of his stories: it took them days to remove his shadow from the floor. They had to get a belt sander in to do the job.

Thirdly, there was a letter enquiring about the possibility of doing more teaching work.

He never bothered to finish the letter.

Otherwise, the programme was concerned with his brilliance as a writer. I already knew that.


  1. A detail needed to be sanded away from the floor. It was a shadow, dried up.

    I like that you are reading about Richard Brautigan.

    1. Yes, that's the sentence. You've found it for me!

      Thanks Susan.



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