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Richard Brautigan | Sombrero Fallout
"There's more to life than meets the eye." In books. Some books. Brautigan's books? Which aren't really books - just whimsical annotations in the form of vignettelets. This one, subtitled "A Japanese Novel" and dedicated to Tanizaki? isn't really very willow-patterned. It's about an American humorist, "dashing tears forth" after his pretty Japanese lover of two years, a psychiatrist, leaves him and he's left alone - tearing up pieces of paper and dropping them in a wastebasket where they look like origami or vacillating between a hamburger and a tuna fish sandwich. Outside in San Francisco, however, all hell breaks loose in the form of a disorderly riot with national repercussions. Oh yes, that sombrero, size 7 1/4 - it drops to earth in the first paragraph. Is it your size? After all Brautigan hasn't really changed his since the first novel or two. This is just a little book with the pretty phrases and the pieces of paper - they're either in your hand or down there. Mostly it's just a kind of sentimental seppuku [ritual Japanese suicide] for those that are still around.
July 15, 1976: 805