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Details about the four manuscripts in The Brautigan Library's "Digital" category.


Background

These manuscripts were submitted in digital format to The Brautigan Library after its move to Vancouver, Washington, in 2010. Because "Digital" was not one of the original Mayonnaise System categories, they were given no Mayonnaise number. The Mayonnaise System is a classification system developed for The Brautigan Library which catalogs manuscripts using thirteen general categories, the year of submission, and the order of receipt. For example, LOV 1992.005 indicates the manuscript was the fifth one submitted in 1992 to the LOV(e) category of the library's collection. Manuscripts are listed below in order of their acquisition, from most recent to earliest. Manuscript numbers (MS #xxx) and "Posted" information indicate timeline of the collection's growth. Manuscript descriptions were provided by authors at time of submission. Comments from The Librarian provide additional information.


Stats

Manuscripts in collection = 19
2019 = 12
2018 = 1
2017 = 1 manuscript
2013 = 5 manuscripts


Love Call Me

Pierre Gauvin
MS #334
DIG (POE) 2019.12
Posted 2019/02/12

These 34 poems are distilled from a 350 page hand written letter I sent by post to my friend Eric Simon. He introduced me to Richard Brautigan's books in 1994 by suggesting I read Dreaming of Babylon. I have read and reread all of Brautigan's writtings ever since. Download a PDF of Gauvin's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Pierre said he composed these poems from his letter to Eric Simon. He initially wrote these poems in French and then translated them into English. He feels the English translations have qualities that the French originals do not, and vice versa. Only the English translations are included in his manuscript. Pierre recently published with Eric Simon a small collaborative limited edition (100 copies) artist book, J'ai couché dans un Yi-King. Each copy is rubber stamped by hand with 34 sentences in French, some of which are taken from Gauvin's letter to Simon. He also produced an audio version. LISTEN here.


Making It Up As I Go Along

Jamie Graham
MS #333
DIG 2019.11
Posted 2019/02/10

Making it Up As I Go Along is the memoir of Doug King, a British inventor, creative director and copywriter, who moves to America. Doug's ideas are original and clever. His life story is full of amusing anecdotes, and interactions with well-known rock stars and business entrepreneurs. The narrative jumps forwards and back in time, as his adventures and relationships are described in often-explicit detail. Download a PDF of Graham's manuscript.


Salvation of Bertram Davis

Rand Attaway
MS #332
DIG (HUM) 2019.10
Posted 2019/02/03

Following an indescribably horrific event, Bertram [Davis] emerged a changed but broken man. But in spite of the loss of his career, social stigmas, and the habit [of] externalizing his innermost thoughts to the annoyance of all, Bertram is determined to rise above his situation. With the help of his friend Marty and the other broken people at group therapy, he embarks upon adventures for the quest of self in the urban jungle of Baltimore, [Maryland]. The Salvation of Bertram Davis is a humorous, modern-day Quixotic tale. Download a PDF of Attaway's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Rand Attaway described himself as an "unknown, but aspiring, writer." He said he thought his manuscript was best suited for the HUMOR category. Talking about his manuscript, he said, "Since its completion, I have always lamented the reality that my manuscript would likely go no further than the confines of my hard drive. Discovering your library has given me new hope, that eyes beyond the circle of my friends might actually read it. I reviewed the manuscript on the website. I forgot all about the restaurant in the plot called 'The Library,' central to the life of the protagonist. I love the little coincidences that pop up in life, and I can't think of a more appropriate place for my story to reside. My sincerest and most heartfelt thanks."


Upstream

Judith Harway
MS #331
DIG (POE) 2019.09
Posted 2019/01/21

This manuscript of poetry was composed between 1980-1986 by the young woman I was in my twenties. The poems—largely concerned with the mysteries of perception and the emotional excitement of ideas—constitute a first book that was abandoned in a drawer as the demands of teaching, child-rearing, elder-care, and life's other wonders swelled to fill all of the psychic space the author had available. More than thirty years and a few published books later, these poems make their way out into a harsher world than the one in which they were composed. Download a PDF of Harway's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Judith Harway is a professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Her poetry has been widely published. This manuscript, however, as she said, was forgotten as she was "swept along in the relentless flow" of adulthood. "It was a pleasure to meet my former self while dusting this off, but I wouldn't venture to revise her work. Rather, I am delighted to imagine her manuscript finding a home among its peers, and, perhaps in time, a reader or two. With my heartfelt thanks, and applause for the winsome mission of the Brautigan Library."


Autocratic Students Society

Michael Lawrence Clark
MS #330
DIG (SOC) 2019.08
Posted 2019/01/16

In the early years of the Oceanic superstate, during the lead-up to the great purges, a bright young university student struggles to understand what is happening around her. While she is initially amused by fellow student Donald, an executive member of the Autocratic Students Society, she becomes increasingly concerned by his beliefs and ensuing behaviour. Download a PDF of Clark's manuscript.


A Suite: Pi

Karama Neal
MS #329
DIG 2019.07
Posted 2019/01/15 by The Librarian

Seven musical compositions celebrating Pi Day, 14 March 2015. OrcidID called them "the perfect music for pi day." Each of the seven pieces is composed using a musical scale with the same number of notes as found in pi of the chosen base. The songs use pi in bases 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12, and notation of pi is shown in each song. Download a PDF of Neal's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

pi is a mathematical constant, determined by the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. With the numerical value of pi changing based on the number base—base ten is the normal, most often used—the number of notes also changes. The number of notes and the intervals between them make for some interesting music.


yudō: The Art of the Bath

Brent Emerson
MS #328
DIG (NAT) 2019.06
Posted 2019/01/13 by The Librarian

This brief pamphlet imagines an "Art of the Bath . . . using Japanese linguistic and historical-cultural tools, focusing attention on the experience of bathing, playfully emphasizing its ritualized and contemplative aspects, and appreciating all forms & themes of bathing culture." It is both a practical guide and a theoretical exploration, rounded out with dips into scientific and social matters. In some sense a central concern is to consider a phenomenon that some might consider "spiritual" from a very naturalistic/scientific perspective, balanced with some social/cultural framing. It might fit in the NAT, SOC, or SPI categories. And of course MEA and even LOV are tempting. I suppose Natural World (NAT) probably wins out in the end for me. Then, there's always ALL if nothing else seems quite right. Download a PDF of Emerson's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Brent Emerson included this note with his submission of three manuscripts to The Brautigan Library. He was quite kind.
Twenty years ago, I was an undergraduate at Brown University, where I discovered The Abortion and other Brautigan works in the cavernous main humanities library. I loved reading books in that setting so very much that I occasionally hid them behind other books in random locations so that they would not be found and checked out by others and I could return the next day or week to resume my reading. I hereby apologize for my selfish youthful indiscretion and am so grateful to have learned (from This American Life) of the existence of The Brautigan Library! I am submitting two manuscripts of poetry and one brief treatise on bathing culture. I can think of no higher honor than being connected in this way to someone who inspired me so deeply at such a formative time in my life. I'm so grateful for your work in curating and sustaining The Brautigan Library.
— Brent Emerson


synchronology

Brent Emerson
MS #327
DIG (POE) 2019.05
Posted 2019/01/13 by The Librarian

A collection of prose poems and other forms. Completed by the author in college, writing under the influence of the oulipo, abstract algebra, Rosmarie Waldrop, train travel, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, young love, Richard Brautigan, and so many other wondrous people and moments. Much of the content takes the form of "prose poetry" or other formal structures, but I definitely consider this a work of poetry. Download a PDF of Emerson's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Brent Emerson included this note with his submission of three manuscripts to The Brautigan Library. He was quite kind.
Twenty years ago, I was an undergraduate at Brown University, where I discovered The Abortion and other Brautigan works in the cavernous main humanities library. I loved reading books in that setting so very much that I occasionally hid them behind other books in random locations so that they would not be found and checked out by others and I could return the next day or week to resume my reading. I hereby apologize for my selfish youthful indiscretion and am so grateful to have learned (from This American Life) of the existence of The Brautigan Library! I am submitting two manuscripts of poetry and one brief treatise on bathing culture. I can think of no higher honor than being connected in this way to someone who inspired me so deeply at such a formative time in my life. I'm so grateful for your work in curating and sustaining The Brautigan Library.
— Brent Emerson


edge of a mountain forest

Brent Emerson
MS #326
DIG (POE) 2019.04
Posted 2019/01/13 by The Librarian

edge of a mountain forest is a book-length poem, a set of equations, and a love letter to experience. Structured around the layered composition of Japanese kanji, it explores the contextual and synthetic basis of thought through and by metaphor with language. Much of the content takes the form of "prose poetry" or other formal structures, but I definitely consider this a work of poetry. Download a PDF of Emerson's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Brent Emerson included this note with his submission of three manuscripts to The Brautigan Library. He was quite kind.
Twenty years ago, I was an undergraduate at Brown University, where I discovered The Abortion and other Brautigan works in the cavernous main humanities library. I loved reading books in that setting so very much that I occasionally hid them behind other books in random locations so that they would not be found and checked out by others and I could return the next day or week to resume my reading. I hereby apologize for my selfish youthful indiscretion and am so grateful to have learned (from This American Life) of the existence of The Brautigan Library! I am submitting two manuscripts of poetry and one brief treatise on bathing culture. I can think of no higher honor than being connected in this way to someone who inspired me so deeply at such a formative time in my life. I'm so grateful for your work in curating and sustaining The Brautigan Library.
— Brent Emerson

Serenity's Diva Tips on Life

Chris Grenci and Candy Torres
MS #325
DIG 2019.03
Posted 2019/01/09 by The Librarian

This graphic story about Serenity, an odd-eyed cat (different colored eyes), is also an homage to Chris Grenci, who is dying of cancer. The hope is that readers will feel some of the joy Chris brought to life. It is her legacy to put a smile on people's faces. Download a PDF of Grenci and Torres' manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Chris Grenci died of esophageal cancer within days of submitting this book to The Brautigan Library. I am told she died happy that her book was here for others to read. That idea was comforting. In this way, books can outlive their authors, and continue to carry their messages to interested readers. This is one of those books. Enjoy its grace and power.


Nowhere Café & Society

Charles B. Lemmons
MS #324
DIG (MEA) 2019.02
Posted 2019/01/06 by The Librarian

This is a story about identifying one's credibility to oneself. The place is a particular area, just outside of Nashville's budding metropolitan area, where people go to find out more about themselves and their heritage. Download a PDF of Lemmons' manuscript.


Puppy Dreams

Charlie Miksicek
MS #323
DIG 2019.01
Posted 2019/01/04 by The Librarian

Dolly, a curious, yellow Labrador puppy encounters a mysterious light that seems to understand her thoughts and transports her on a magical journey. Download a PDF of Miksicek's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

This is the first manuscript submitted to The Brautigan Library in 2019. Charlie said, "I would be honored to be included in this honorable institution." The Library is honored to make this manuscript available to interested readers. Charlie's manuscript is very creative, consisting of many multiple-level color photographic images with text narrative. Charlie does not say so, but, as you will see, he is exploring a new form of comics with his use of juxtaposed image and text.


Elias

Greg Moore
MS #322
DIG (ADV) 2018.001
Posted 2018/12/31 by The Librarian

A work of fiction about the owner of AhabOil, written in the style of the Left Behind series. Based on the Biblical story of the prophet Eljah. While its goals are spiritual (illuminating a passage in the Bible), its narrative is purely adventure. So, spiritual hunters have something saltier than a feelgood devotional, and adventure hunters are exposed to an action-packed adventure into spirituality. Download a PDF of Moore's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Greg was the first author to submit a manuscript to The Library following it being featured in a episode of the popular radio program This American Life, 29 December 2018. See the "Press" menu tab, above. When he submitted this manuscript, Greg said, "I have just submitted my only novel, Elias, in celebration of the Brautigan Library. While I can leave piles of my things on the foyer table at church and even facebook entire manuscripts to every one of my friends in a flash, the idea of a complete stranger pulling my book off a shelf, finding it intriguing, and reading it is utterly wonderful. I have dreamed, since my youth, for a place where people could freely share their creative works. Thank you for creating The Brautigan Library." I did not create The Library, but it is my privilege to be the current Librarian. Greg's book is interesting and relevant. Download it. Give it a read.


The Ballad of the Otter (Revised)

P.D.S.
MS #321
DIG 2017.001
Posted 2017/08/29 by The Librarian

A work of fiction about life and fictional places and characters in the fifty-first state, Superior, in the Great Lakes region, set in the late 1990s and early 1990s. The work incorporates humor and spirituality and was inspired by shows like St. Elsewhere and Twin Peaks. The Ballad of the Otter is an update of sorts to my novel, Tallin Avenue. Download a PDF of Sibson's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

P.D.S. is a pen name for Peter Sibson. He submitted this digital manuscript and agreed to make it available for downloading and reading in .PDF format. There is no physical manuscript in The Library collection. This is the second novel Peter Sibson has submitted to The Library. The first was a physical manuscript, Tallin Avenue (MS #273; ALL 1993.001). For that novel, Sibson used the pen name Kent Presse.


The Captain and The Doctor

Dr. Bob Hoke and Sue Clancy (illustrator)
MS #320
DIG 2013.004
Posted 2013/09/24 by The Librarian

"We get more of what we focus on" says Dr. Bob Hoke before telling the story of his war-time experience as a younger man and the lesson he learned. Sue Clancy took notes (and drew pictures). Download a PDF of Hoke's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

This lovely little manuscript was created by local artist Sue Clancy, with her father, Bob Hoke. Clancy illustrates Hoke's story. The combination of the two is very enjoyable. They submitted this digital manuscript and agreed to make it available for downloading and reading in .PDF format. There is no physical manuscript in The Library collection.


Gamelan (Music for a Shadow Play)

Lawrence R. Tirino
MS #319
DIG 2013.003
Posted 2013/09/01 by The Librarian

I grew up in Queens, New York, but am now an ex-patriot, living in Ecuador. It pleases me to submit Gamelan (Music for a Shadow Play) to The Brautigan Library.

This manuscript is a work that is neither prose nor poetry—neither short story nor novel. It's [a William S.] Burroughs' cut up brought into the 21st Century. We have reached beyond post modernism and have entered the era of the hyperlinked mind. This is a story of a man who grew up in the fifties and went to Viet Nam. He came back to work for the CIA in South America during the 1970s and eventually became a contractor for Booze Allen. He then stole his desk files and turned them into stories that he sold while playing music on the street. To say any more would spoil the dark adventure. Download a PDF of Tirino's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

CIA. Spies. South America, stolen files turned into stories . . . it all sounded interesting when Mr. Tirino contacted me from Ecuador and asked about adding his manuscript to The Library collection. This may be an example of hiding in plain sight, so enjoy this one while you can. He submitted this digital manuscript and agreed to make it available for downloading and reading in .PDF format. There is no physical manuscript in The Library collection.


LaSalle Street and The Hutchman File

Brian Spicer
MS #318
DIG 2013.002
Posted 2013/08/31 by The Librarian

Two stories by Spicer: "LaSalle Street" and "The Hutchman File."

"LaSalle Street"
Not every person who belongs to high society knows much about the top levels of political power. One who does is Ed Githens. He has influence beyond his private sector, corporate standing. The summer's events are followed by the intrigues of autumn, and Ed seems to be secure. But he suffers limitations even though he has help from people on LaSalle Street. Federal officials do something unprecedented. Download a PDF of Spicer's manuscript.

"The Hutchman File"
Leonard is released after being held for two years at a secret location. He is fascinated by the murder of a journalist who worked in Seattle. He is also consulted by an official who tries to discern someone's high-level mischief, and he is convinced at last that he can identify one of his abductors. Download a PDF of Spicer's manuscript.

Comment from The Librarian

Brian Spicer visited The Brautigan Library this month and asked about adding his writing to the collection. He is an interesting man, a bit nervous about sharing his work with the public, but willing to experiment with this first sample. He submitted this digital manuscript and agreed to make it available for downloading and reading in .PDF format. There is no physical manuscript in The Library collection.


Ubiquita del Bianco (A Confused Despair)

Pietro Altieri
MS #317
DIG 2013.001
Posted 2013/02/18 by The Librarian

A Confused Despair is a work that cannot be placed in a predefined section. Indeed, it is not a traditional novel, or a paper, or a collection of tales or poems. Actually it is a sort of mosaic, a puzzle of fragments of our society, an assembly of passages of poetic prose, episodes drawn from news, promotional inserts, first-person stories, pieces of dialogues. All these parts are shown as the visions of an homeless philosopher that is able to read others' thoughts. Fragments that, once put back together, constitute a merciless and sarcastic portrait of today's world. Download a PDF of Altieri's manuscript.


The Master's Ass and More

Phillip Frey
MS #040.5
HUM 1990.005
Posted 1990/06/14 by The Librarian

The Master's Ass and More is a collection of stories ["The Master's Ass," "Drapes," "Other Voices," "Hey, Jack," "H,m," "Old Hat," "The Savings Bank," "The Hero of Lost Causes," "Subject's Last Interview," "Five," "David," "The Fool," "Jack and Jill," "The Candle and the Flame," "The Turtle," and an "Epilogue"]. Some are short and some are long. Some are light and some are dark. Some are true and some are not.

Comment from The Librarian

In January 2013, Phillip Frey submitted a digital, updated, edited, and revised version of his collection of stories, The Master's Ass and More. He said, "They were in bad shape and needed the scalpel. I feel good about having performed the operation." This revised manuscript is not counted as a separate manuscript in the Library's collection and is available for downloading and reading in .PDF format. Download a PDF of Frey's manuscript.