Jarvis Cocker on Richard Brautigan

Thanks to Cathy White for pointing me towards this. Only available on the iPlayer until 11th April, but great broadcast by Jarvis Cocker on the work of Brautigan: Messy, Isn’t It? – The Life and Works of Richard Brautigan. It still amazes me how much he sounds like Stephen Hawking (Brautigan that is, not Jarvis Cocker).


3 thoughts on “Jarvis Cocker on Richard Brautigan

  1. Martin Palmer April 9, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    Good shout, nice article there.
    Must say I wasn’t wild on So The Wind Won’t Blow It All Away. I could appreciate a lot of great technical ability, but it didn’t ‘wow’ me in the way Vonnegut did. I’ma get some more of his stuff anyway, see what the craic is there.
    Have you read his daughter’s memoir?

    • Neil Schiller April 9, 2013 / 9:23 pm

      Really? Wow. I think it’s an incredible book. The structure of it alone – the way he moves forwards and backwards in time. And the claustrophobia of it as he obsesses about this one event. Like all his stuff it has this infusion of cultural images and ideas – that’s probably what I like about him the most.

      Yeah, I read the Ianthe book when researching for the thesis. I wrote to her as well, but she didn’t reply. I think she’s a bit reticent about things written about her father, which is kind of understandable I guess.

      • Martin Palmer April 10, 2013 / 2:53 pm

        Ah yeah that’s all stuff I like about it, despite taking on such a ‘tough topic’ and a challenging form his technical control is superb. To be honest, I’m really not sure why I didn’t love it. I’ve certainly got no criticism other than it ‘just not wowing me’.

        Ah yeah, what did you think of it? I suppose so yeah, do you reckon she gets a lot of fan mail too?

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