Happy birthday, Richard Brautigan! Here are some quotes from his writing:
“Reduce intellectual and emotional noise until you arrive at the silence of yourself, and listen to it.”
“I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.”
“All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds.”
“Probably the closest things to perfection are the huge absolutely empty holes that astronomers have recently discovered in space. If there’s nothing there, how can anything go wrong?”
“If you get hung up on everybody else’s hang-ups, then the whole world’s going to be nothing more than one huge gallows.”
“Finding is losing something else. I think about, perhaps even mourn, what I lost to find this.”
Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4
1. Get enough food to eat,
and eat it.
2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,
and sleep there.
3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise
until you arrive at the silence of yourself,
and listen to it.
Time will die
And love will bury it”
“It’s pretty hard to have faith when everybody is trying to lock you up.”
“I think that education provides the tools for a person to understand and enjoy life on this planet…The more you know, the more you can enjoy during our brief stay here. You can’t get too much education. It should be a lifelong process…In 47 years, I’ve learned a great deal about life, now all I have to do is remember it…I don’t believe that being older makes you wiser. I believe in application of knowledge and information. Often the wise old elders are the ones who lead others into oblivion.”
“I work very, very hard to make things appear very, very simple.”
“People often ask me which of my books is my favorite. And I tell them that it hasn’t been written yet.”
“I’m just a writer and I just want to continue writing books that people want to read.”
“Finding is losing something else.
I think about, perhaps even mourn,
what I lost to find this.”
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.