As loyal readers to this blog know, we love Richard Brautigan.
But much like his writing, Richard was an enigmatic guy. And up until now, there hasn’t been a definitive biography on him. Until now.
William Hjortsberg’s new, comprehensive biography, “Jubilee Hitchhiker, the Life and Times of Richard Brautigan,” just published by Counterpoint Press, is the most complete work to date (852 pages!) on the late writer.
Hjortsberg knew Brautiganand they both had early ties to Bolinas, the “xenophobic hippie enclave the iconoclastic writer liked to describe as ‘the freeze dried ’60s.’” (Ed: hmmm) After two years in Bolinas, Hjortsberg moved to Montana, as did Brautigan, eventually buying a house across a creek from Hjortsberg’s place.
“I saw a lot of him,” he said. “He was always coming over, coffee cup in hand, looking for some hot ‘java’ in the mornings,” he recalled. “And there would be those endless nightcaps that would last until dawn.”
But of course, this is a tragic story, but a fascinating one at that. But definitely worth the read.