One day, when I was in college, my friend handed me a thick stack of xeroxed papers. He told me I had to read it- and I did.
"....Our lives we have carefully constructed from watermelon sugar and then travelled to the length of our dreams, along roads lined with pines and stones. I have a bed, a chair, a table and a large chest that I keep my things in. I have a lantern that burns watermelontrout oil at night. That is something else. I'll tell you about it later. I have a gentle life."
I wasn't really sure what it all meant, but I was entralled. I had never read anything quite like it.
The xeroxed pages were the entire book, In Watermelon Sugar, by Richard Brautigan. They were given to my friend from another friend, who wouldn't part with his own copy of the book. Years later, while living in Portland I have purchased my own copy of In Watermelon Sugar, and anything else I could find by him. These books are the treasures of my bookshelf, and not just because of the words, but the covers. The ladies on the cover of the books were his muses, some of them girlfriends and wives. They all have such a great, bohemian charm to them.
Take a look....
|Richard Brautigan and Hilda Hoffman|
|This one is my favorite.|
Richard Brautigan and his muse, Michaela Le Grand
taken in Washington Square Park in San Francisco
|Marcia Pacaud, one of his girlfriends|
The book was dedicated to her.
|Sherry Vetter, who was one of his girlfriend...|
and a cake
|Beverly Allen, a model in Golden Gate Park|
|Richard Brautigan and Victoria Domalgoski, a singer|
Taken in front of the Presidio branch of the San Francisco Public Library
|Richard Brautigan and Shiina Takako, the owner of a bar Brautigan frequented in Tokyo|