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This node of the American Dust website (formerly Brautigan Bibliography and Archive) provides comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's record album Listening to Richard Brautigan, and Brautigan's recording of his poem "Love's Not the Way to Treat a Friend" included on the album Paradise Bar and Grill by Mad River. Publication and background information is provided, along with reviews, many with full text. Use the menu tabs below to learn more.

          

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Listening to Richard Brautigan featured Brautigan reading thirty poems from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, five stories from Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970, and selections from three novels: A Confederate General from Big Sur, Trout Fishing in America, and In Watermelon Sugar.

The thirty poems from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster were: "Love Poem," "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace," "December 30," "A Boat," "Haiku Ambulance," "Death Is A Beautiful Car Parked Only," "Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4," "Crab Cigar," "Widow's Lament," "The Pumpkin Tide," "Man," "Adrenalin Mother," "San Francisco," "1942," "At the California Institute of Technology," "Xerox Candy Bar," "Alas, Measured Perfectly," "The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem," "The Double-Bed Dream Gallows," "November 3," "Flowers for Those You Love," "I Lie Here in a Strange Girl's Apartment," "The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster," "Lovers," "Gee, You're So Beautiful That It's Starting to Rain," "I Cannot Answer You Tonight in Small Portions," "The Way She Looks at It," "A Good Talking Candle," "I Live in the Twentieth Century," and "Boo, Forever."

The stories from Revenge of the Lawn were the title story from this collection, "Revenge of the Lawn," and "A Short Story about Contemporary Life in California," "The Memory of a Girl," "The View from the Dog Tower," and "Pale Marble Movie."

The selection from the novel A Confederate General from Big Sur was "The Rivets of Ecclesiastes."

The selection from the novel Trout Fishing in America was "The Hunchback Trout."

The selection from the novel In Watermelon Sugar was "The Watermelon Sun."



"Side 1"
Side 1

Total time: 25 minutes, 14 seconds

Track 1: "The Telephone Door to Richard Brautigan"
Brautigan talks on the telephone about the recording equipment in his apartment.

Track 2: "The Hunchback Trout"
Brautigan reads the chapter "The Hunchback Trout" from his novel Trout Fishing in America.

Track 3: "Love Poem"
Brautigan's poem "Love Poem" is read by Bob Prescot, Valerie Estes, Michael McClure, Margot Patterson Doss, Bruce Conner, Michaela Blake-Grand, Donald Merriam Allen, David Schaff, Ianthe Brautigan, Imogen Cunningham, Herb Caen, Betty Kirkendall, Peter Berg, Alan Stone, Anthony Storrs (Antonio), Donald Merriam Allen, Cynthia Harwood, and Price Dunn.

Track 4: "The Rivets of Ecclesiastes"
Brautigan reads the chapter "The Rivets of Ecclesiastes" from his novel A Confederate General from Big Sur.

Track 5: "Here Are the Sounds of My Life in San Francisco"
Brautigan talks with Price Dunn and Valerie Estes in his San Francisco, California, kitchen. They talk about cooking steaks and corn, and making fresh coffee.

Track 6: "The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster"
Brautigan reads sixteen poems from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster: "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace," "December 30," "A Boat," "Haiku Ambulance," "Death Is A Beautiful Car Parked Only," "Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4," "Crab Cigar," "Widow's Lament," "The Pumpkin Tide," "Man," "Adrenalin Mother," "San Francisco," "1942," "At the California Institute of Technology," "Xerox Candy Bar," and "Alas, Measured Perfectly."



"Side 2"
Side 2

Total time: 27 minutes, 30 seconds

Track 1: "Revenge of the Lawn"
Brautigan reads the title story from Revenge of the Lawn.

Track 2: "The Telephone Door That Leads Eventually to Some Love Poems"
Brautigan talks about his control over his telephone, answers a request for a poetry reading, and reads twelve poems from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster: "The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem," "The Double-Bed Dream Gallows," "November 3," "Flowers for Those You Love," "I Lie Here in a Strange Girl's Apartment," "The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster," "Lovers," "Gee, You're So Beautiful That It's Starting to Rain," "I Cannot Answer You Tonight in Small Portions," "The Way She Looks at It," "A Good-Talking Candle," and "I Live in the Twentieth Century."

Track 3: "The Watermelon Sun"
Brautigan reads the chapter "The Watermelon Sun" from his novel In Watermelon Sugar.

Track 4: "Here Are Some More Sounds of My Life"
Brautigan records more sounds in his apartment.

Track 5: "Short Stories about California"
Brautigan reads four stories from Revenge of the Lawn: "A Short Story about Contemporary Life in California," "The Memory of a Girl," "The View from the Dog Tower," and "Pale Marble Movie."

Track 6: "Boo, Forever"
Brautigan reads his poem "Boo, Forever" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster.

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