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Richard Brautigan's legacy is his continued inspiration for creative efforts by others who interpret his work, or create their own in response. This node provides an overview of selected websites, webpages, and blogs inspired by Brautigan, and links to further information and resources. Use the information below to learn more about creative responses to Brautigan's works.
Anonymous. "Brautigan's Brick." Hogblog 15 May 2009.
Brautigan borrowed the gun with which he killed himself from Jimmy Sakata, the owner of Cho Cho Tempura Bar, 1020 Kearny Street, a popular San Francisco Japanese restaurant. This blog entry recalls a childhood memory of the restaurant, and tells a story of how Brautigan borrowed the gun.

The full text of this blog entry reads
"Brautigan's Brick"

When I was a little kid my dad used to bring me to this Japanese restaurant in north beach San Francisco called Cho Cho's. Whenever I went there the owner Jimmy Sakata (Jimmy Cho Cho to me) would make me fancy kids drinks and show me what he had in the paper bags behind his bar. Guns! Big guns, which was way cool to me. He would let me hold them although I bet they were always loaded. Back then Cho Cho's was a hang out for writers and different heads of the time. Everyone from Nobel prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata to Clint Eastwood. One of the regulars was Richard Brautigan, also a gun aficionato.

One day in 1984 Brautigan was hanging out and asked Jimmy if he could borrow a gun for the night. Jimmy said sure and lent him a Smith & Wesson 44. The next day Brautigan returned without the gun and said he needed it for one more night, but in lieu of the gun he would lend Jimmy a brick. This was not that strange considering the eccentric nature of his clientele so Jimmy took the brick and put it on the bookshelf behind the bar.

That night Richard Brautigan killed himself with Jimmy's gun. The gun, not being registered, never made its way back to Jimmy. The brick, on the other hand, stayed on the bookshelf behind the bar. One day years later I took my girlfriend to visit Jimmy and the brick at Cho Cho's. They said Jimmy had retired and sold the restaurant. When I asked if there was a brick behind the bar (hoping they would give it to me!) they smiled and said Jimmy took the brick with him. I don't know if Jimmy is still alive but I bet that Brautigan's brick is out there somewhere.
Online Resource
"Brautigan's Brick" entry at hogblog website
Anonymous. "Richard Brautigan." bigdaddyhits.com. 29 May 2009.
A blog entry that examines Brautigan's biography, legacy, and bibliography, as well as selected references and external links.

Online Resource
Brautigan entry at bigdaddyhits.com blog website
Brooks, Jeff. "The Ascension of Trout Fishing in America Shorty."
Brooks, a writer living in Seattle, Washington, published several short "fictions" in his personal webpages. One is titled "The Ascension of Trout Fishing in America Shorty," (members.aol.com/mtic/shorts/TFIAS.html).

Online Resource
Brooks' article at his website
Dogmatika Blog.
Readers and writers like Darran Anderson, D. B. Cox, Greg Keeler, Lily Pond, Peter Wild, and others celebrated Brautigan's January 2007 birthday at "Dogmatika" blog, (dogmatika.com/dm/blogs.php?id=C0_36_1).

Online Resource
Brautigan Week contributions at Dogmatika blog
Ferran, Birgit. "The Brautigan Archives"
A collection of transcripts, links to online samples of Brautigan's works, and other Brautigan resources maintained by Birgit Ferran in Barcelona, Spain, (brautigan.cybernetic-meadows.net).

Online Resource
The Brautigan Archives website
Flynn, Chris. Falcon vs. Monkey Blog. "Richard Brautigan Week"
A five-day series of blog entries, each focusing on a different aspect of Brautigan's legacy. All written by Chris Flynn, editor of Torpedo, the Australian literary journal. The January 2009 Torpedo (Volume 4) devoted the entire issue as tribute to Richard Brautigan.

Brautigan Week consisted of five blog entries
Freer, Dan. "Richard Brautigan."
A profile of Brautigan that appeared in the online writer's resource, Empire:Zine. Provides good basic biographical and bibliographical information, and many samples of Brautigan's work. Also features several photographs of Brautigan by Erik Weber.

Online Resource
Freer's Richard Brautigan website
Kraus, Hans-Peter. "12 Strawberries Remind of Richard Brautigan"
A memorial to Brautigan inspired by the poem "Strawberry Haiku." Provides information about Brautigan and his career as a writer. Kraus now concentrates on German haiku.

Online Resources
"12 Strawberries Remind of Richard Brautigan" in English

"12 Strawberries Remind of Richard Brautigan" in the original German

Feedback from Hans-Peter Kraus
Hans-Peter Kraus. Email to John F. Barber, 13 May 2002.
Leibhart, Jen. "The Brautigan Pages"
A website, started in 1994, featuring links to works by and about Richard Brautigan. Register for the email discussion list under the "Community" link in the main navigation menu.

Online Resource
Leibert's The Brautigan Pages website

The Official Richard Brautigan Facebook Page
A Facebook page maintained by Ianthe Brautigan, daughter of Richard Brautigan.

Online Resource
The Official Richard Brautigan Facebook Page

Yanover, Julian. "Richard Brautigan"
A website featuring a biography, a multimedia gallery, and a timeline and timemap of Brautigan's life. Several Brautigan poems, as well as the full text of Trout Fishing in America are available.

Online Resource
Yanover's Richard Brautigan website