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When you read and fall in love with a writer who is already dead, there is a limit to where you can go with them, where they can take you Corey Mesler shows you that this is a false statement, there are places far beyond the limits of what they have written that are still left to explore This book takes you there, gives back whatever you feel you lost, missed by not knowing them Cerebral and beat at the same time, unapologetic and gritty, this book scratches the itch of the missing limb. Let me just lay it out there for you Corey Mesler s Following Richard Brautigan is not a masterpiece, but it s close No, I don t mean Masterpiece, capital M it s not War and Peace, not Kind of Blue, not Don Giovanni What it is is a close masterpiece of language and sensibility And if that isn t a description of poetry albeit an unimaginative and pedestrian one then I don t know what is Yes, it s poetry which is fitting considering the ghost that haunts this novel and its protagonist And si Let me just lay it out there for you Corey Mesler s Following Richard Brautigan is not a masterpiece, but it s close No, I don t mean Masterpiece, capital M it s not War and Peace, not Kind of Blue, not Don Giovanni What it is is a close masterpiece of language and sensibility And if that isn t a description of poetry albeit an unimaginative and pedestrian one then I don t know what is Yes, it s poetry which is fitting considering the ghost that haunts this novel and its protagonist And since we re talking about what this novel is, let me add a fewisisms It s a road movie, sans the movie part It s a coming of age story It s a bromance novel But perhapsthan anything else it s a modern day Odysseus A few other GR reviewers have also alluded to the Greek Masterpiece, capital M and the novel itself drops the O bomb But I would also add to that the Inferno After all, who is the ghost of Richard Brautigan if not Virgil, the good poet and guide of Dante through the underworld of America The plot of the novel is unremarkable In fact it isof a skeletal framework onto which Mr Mesler hangs his vignettes some long, some short, but all delightful And with gem like headings such as Hot as Monkeys, and The Telephone Is Like a Two Hour Old Streetcar Transfer Or Ten Bergs A Calving In the novel, our protagonist Jack is haunted by ghosts yes, by Richard Brautigan but other ghosts, too By Sharilyn, the proverbial one that got away By his brother, who regularly calls from Ithaca to tell him that suitors are everywhere storming the walls By Vita, the woman who cannot and does not live without him But in the end, Jack does not follow Richard Brautigan, as his time is not yet Nor does he follow Sharilyn or Vita He returns to Ithaca as all adventurers eventually must Mesler is clearly a poet, and it shows Not surprisingly, then, it is easy to take pleasure in passages like this It was raining a motherfucker It was raining a Dostoyevsky novel.It was raining a Kurosawa film.It was raining a Trout Mask Repilca Or this salient, stream of consciousness rendering of the hippie generation and I must include it in its entirety, for to not do so would be an abomination of sorts Most of the poets, writers, dreamers we encountered had already survived and witnessed Hendrix chopping down a mountain with the edge of his hand, Miles running the voodoo down, Mailer and Ginsberg and Cal and Abbie levitating the Pentagon, children with their souls tattooed with tie dye bring the president to his knees and embarrassing him into ending a dishonorable war They got hooked at the Hooker s Ball They were liberated by Art by the Artist s Liberation Front They d seen fire and they d seen rain They d seen the bomerdeathplanes turning into butterflies above the Woodstock Nation They d been lost in the rain in Juarez, reposed down on Rue Morgue Avenue, heard the electric violin on Desolation Row They d played the game of existence to the end They had arrived without traveling They had slouched toward Bethlehem They d turned on, tuned in and dropped OUT They d put flowers in gun barrels and seen those barrels curl back in humility They had taken the acid test and passed They d seen Haight turned into Love They d freed Huey, eschewed Dewey and sang Louie, Louie They d fought in the Battle of People Park They d dug the diggers, paid their dues at the Free Store, Been at the Be In They had gone, ah, FURTHER And the final sumup was Let it go Whatever you do is Beautiful Reading this slight, inspired, and thoroughly delightful novel, you will find yourself lost in milieu of language and sensibility You will ponder the many allusions and tie them back to the page like ship lines to a pier You will tell yourself to make sense of these later, as now you simply want to ride the tide further out or is it in Reading Following Richard Brautigan is worth the time and effort, if effort is the right word at all which it is not It isa labor of love than anything else A peaceful sit down The book starts out with cringingly intimate confessional details that make this distinct from most coming of age tales I breathed a sigh of relief when Brautigan s ghost showed up to set the narrator straight Nice, poetic language Leaves you wanting. brilliant Mesler s passion in all things whether it is hispainful disappointment at the plebian nature of hisLiterary Mecca or his shy reverence for the mysteriousgirl reading as she walks down the street.Mesler to beat a cliche dead puts you in his shoes,makes you walk his steps and invites you to feel everymoment of triumph and failure For any human beingcapable of feeling a fraction of his passion FollowingRichard Brautigan will remind you of some part of yourlife or inspire you to begin a new life Mesler s passion in all things whether it is hispainful disappointment at the plebian nature of hisLiterary Mecca or his shy reverence for the mysteriousgirl reading as she walks down the street.Mesler to beat a cliche dead puts you in his shoes,makes you walk his steps and invites you to feel everymoment of triumph and failure For any human beingcapable of feeling a fraction of his passion FollowingRichard Brautigan will remind you of some part of yourlife or inspire you to begin a new life and simply sitback and enjoy where it takes you William M Brandon III One always wonders, What if What if Richard Brautigan had taken his own advice and not gone joy riding in the beautiful car called death What if he had lived, and kept writing, long into the age where flowing digits replaced the winsome flowers Brautigan, maven of the San Francisco countercultural zeitgeist, would have surely continued to write his spare themes of love, death, and how we are haunted by both Surely also, he would have embraced the Internet, publishing his episodic narrativ One always wonders, What if What if Richard Brautigan had taken his own advice and not gone joy riding in the beautiful car called death What if he had lived, and kept writing, long into the age where flowing digits replaced the winsome flowers Brautigan, maven of the San Francisco countercultural zeitgeist, would have surely continued to write his spare themes of love, death, and how we are haunted by both Surely also, he would have embraced the Internet, publishing his episodic narratives in blogs, chats, and other social networking spaces, holding us all in anticipation, waiting for the next installment His poetic prose would have shimmered on our screens like cathedrals made from the crystal bones of birds Alas, Richard, we hardly knew yeBut wait, here s Corey Mesler, broken hearted, adrift between the living and the dead, lost, and like so many others, he finds a connection with Brautigan, a lampost on a foggy street, always, magically, lighting the way to the next corner, and beyond Mesler s novel, Following Richard Brautigan, answers the what if regarding novels Brautigan might have written Uniquely individual in style and voice, yet resonating with the tone and whimsy of Brautigan, Mesler s novel is a paen of the highest order, not to mention a travelogue of his own inner journey Brautigan is there, every step of the way, often directing the eccentric life adventures meant to throw off the allure of death, even though he is but a ghost himself, a spirit with a mission in death as he was in life If you know and appreciate Brautigan, read this book Give it to your friends Turn them on to both Brautigan and Mesler, who has surely taken up the torch left burning in the hallway of Brautigan s dark seaside house, and gone exploring the upstairs rooms John Barber, Archivist and Curator Brautigan Bibliography and Archive, and author of Richard Brautigan Essays on the Writings and Life Corey Mesler has summoned up all the sad lost innocence and wry humor of the best of Brautigan It s a wistful, haunting novel that makes you laugh out loud, too Thomas Dyja, author of Meet John Trow and The Moon in Our Hands I am mightily impressed as always with your amazingly graceful combination of whimsy and heartbreak Following Richard Brautigan is pretty wonderful a real warm blanket of a narrative And what I like is that the blanket is infested with lice and cholera and bloodticks and stinging nettles and death, etc, but it still warms, which is a bit of a magical trick I know how it s done though with language, language that always amuses and surprises and lends drama to the least event It s also a language whose suppleness admits the impossible, which is of course the best trick of all Steve Stern, author of the Jewish Book Award winning The Wedding Jester and The Frozen Rabbi If you love Richard Brautigan you ll have fun reading Corey Mesler s fictional tribute, Following Richard Brautigan I m going trout fishing today for short stories about water Alice Hoffman, author of Seventh Heaven and The River King A wonderful novel Alexander Theroux, author of Darconville s Cat have not read Brautigan not anything Brautigan penned himself, anyway but if, by proxy, you d like to feel young for the first timethis writ will do it sad as not being able to break a just gathered egg with your god taken palms knowing you ll have to throw it on a pan and watch it. Loved Brautigan s ghost sense of humor and the narrator s belief that it is absolutely normal to have a ghost hanging around giving advice. {KINDLE} ⚣ Following Richard Brautigan ⛅ Following Richard Brautigan is, among other things, a ghost story It is also a love story, a road novel, a romancer s romance and an alleviative threnody It is long on hope and short on structure It is, in the words of David Swing, the world s truth with a beautiful woman walking through it It is made out of watermelon sugar My newest.