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Iíve always loved biography. I have many faded yet vivid childhood memories of the books about the late afternoon lives and adventures of guys like Kit Carson and Wild Bill Hickok. Then (I think maybe I was just out of high school) I read this really strange book about the real life's of Bonnie and Clyde; Fay Dunaway and Warren Beatty had portrayed them in a really famous movie. Everybody was really excited about it.

In the summer of my twenty-second year, I stumbled across a book that literally change my life. I was in the Army and I was stationed in Germany, and I had plenty of time on my hands. So I read and I read a lot.

If I had to chose a favorite author from that time period, I would chose Richard Brautigan. And Iím telling you now that I am still trying as hard as I can to write just like him: to write just like Richard Brautigan. Isnít that stupid?

This ainít no lie - sometimes I ask myself, ďIf Richard were here right now, what do you think heíd say?Ē

So if you donít like what youíre reading right now, please donít blame me - blame Richard Brautigan.

iíve been recently reading the second major biography of John Cheever. Itís called ďCheever: a lifeĒ by Blake Bailey. I think this book is very splendid (one of the splendid things Iíve learned about John Cheever is that he wasnít a very good spellder [sic]. So am I).

I havenít yet finished Mr. Baileyís mammoth seven-hundred page book about John Cheever...but everybody knows how the story eventually ends, anyway.



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