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Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel by Richard Brautiganby Barbara A. Bannon?
In San Francisco late one evening an American humorist sits at his typewriter composing a fable: "A sombrero fell out of the sky and landed on the Main Street of town in front of the mayor, his cousin and a person out of work..." Temporarily blocked, the humorist discards page one. Then he moons about his apartment bemoaning the end of his two-year love affair with a Japanese woman. Meanwhile, in the wastebasket, the fable takes on a spontaneous life of its own and escalates into an epic of American machismo. The page-one characters argue about who will pick up the sombrero, townspeople join the dispute, local police arrive, followed by state police. A riot develops, and eventually the U.S. Air Force is bombing the town. The riot fizzles out; the humorist switches his talents to composing a country-western song about his "little lady from Japan." An amusing trifle for Brautigan fans.
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