If you’re in London, you absolutely MUST check out the new Brautigan Book Club being put together by saltpeter productions.
The idea is to have a face-to-face meeting each month, discuss a Brautigan & take it another (or 3) level by discussing how it relates to modern day or posting a ‘creative response’ to the Brautigan work (which will later be posted to their blog). They’re also looking to host salons or other events which include live music, readings, performances & indulgent 60’s revivalism. 😉
The musical duo, Trout Fishing in America, is doing a bookstore & concert tour to support the release of their new children’s book & cd. Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important is a follow up to their 2009 book/cd package.
The BBC is airing a ‘series of films about how humans have been colonised by the machines we have built.’ and obviously the title is directly taken from (& attributed to) Richard Brautigan’s poem of the same title.
For those of you outside the UK, I recommend checking out the film maker Adam Curtis’s blog & the BBC site for the show.
Episode 1 – Love & Power – aired May 23 211 on BBC2. This episode focuses on Ayn Rand & the silicon valley entrepreneurs which both had versions of the perfect world which were ill fated due to power & love (i’m paraphrasing the episode description here… I haven’t seen the show).
I’m a bit late in posting this but Jan 30th was Richard Brautigan’s birthday. He would have been 76. In the video below his daughter, Ianthe, reads “One Afternoon in 1939” from Revenge of the Lawn. Fantastic video!!