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Actually, it wasn't the poems themselves—terse messages like: I want to write and write and write. In the book's forward, Keith Abbott the same Abbott of the California magazine article relates that after a girlfriend dissed young Brautigan's poetry, he was so distressed to think that he had failed as a poet that he went to a police station and demanded to be arrested.
That act earned him a short stay in the bughouse. It's no surprise that a kid so emotionally volatile would end up killing himself before he reached Dashiell Hammett killed himself with the time-honored method of too much drink and cigarettes, but then Hammett was a generation older than Brautigan.
The only other biographical similarity between the two is that they both lived in San Francisco, albeit during different decades. Hammett also lived in New York—the burg I moved to myself in the late s. New York has always been a hard-edged town. In the late s, it was also a punk rock town. But instead of embracing the nihilistic frenzy of the club culture at CBGB's, I chose to devour Hammett's tough-guy prose.
It was the writerly equivalent of punk rock—nihilism cracking into art. Hammett could describe a gunsel getting gutshot with the spare grace of a haiku. There are several tasty, violent set pieces in the new collection of his stories, "Nightmare Town.
One of the girl's hands came up to grasp the wheel, holding the car straight along a street she could not see. A man fell on her. Steve pulled him off—tore pieces from him—tore hair and flesh.
The car swerved, scraped a building; scraped one side clear of men. The hands that held Steve fell away from him, taking most of his clothing with them.
He picked a man off the back of the seat, and pushed him down into the street that was flowing past them Pistols exploded behind them. From a house a little ahead a bitter-voiced rifle emptied itself at them, sieving a mudguard.Must Read Essay Collections essay collections to read as suggested by Book Riot which puts forward the argument that if you don't like essays, you haven't found the right collection.
THE MISSING COLLECTION: 'The Best American Essays series' this is published every year and selected by Robert Atwan. From the personal to the political to the downright hysterical, here are the 17 best essay collections of Menu Books 17 of the Best Essay Collections of Books shelved as essay-collections: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace, Slouching Towards Bethlehe.
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Best Essay Collections Books. Don 39;t Miss These Great Essay Collections from Winter – Book Riot In my opinion, Zadie Smith 39;s essays are as good as her fiction.
Her last essay collection, Changing My Mind, was fabulous.
After the jump, our picks for the 25 greatest essay collections of all time. Feel free to disagree with us, praise our intellect, or create an entirely new list in the comments. The Book .