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March 2017



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rilina on trunk bits-of-novel

Real Live Preacher on a trip to prison--as a visitor.

via arcaedia: When good agents go bad.

Twenty years ago Monday, poet and author Richard Brautigan's body was discovered in his California home. He had died some weeks previously, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He wasn't a Beat, but he dressed like one.


1. Get enough food to eat,
And eat it.

2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,
        and sleep there.

3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise
until you arrive at the silence of yourself,
and listen to it.


He shows up in the general goldfish story too. I like to think it would have amused him.

Phil Ochs does not appear. Neither does Gregory Corso.


4) Are you now or have you ever written a sonnet

Nuts, all of us. Nuts.
I am not now a sonnet, no.

Larry's more a vilanelle, really.
The thing I don't get about the bad agent (as it were) is how HarperCollins could refuse to comment on the affair at all -- if, as the author claims, she knew nothing about any of this, than she didn't sign the contracts, and she's not liable for the money, and she should be free to enter into a contract with the publisher and a different agent.

Or maybe I'm not a lawyer.
I'm confused about the contract thing too.

Maybe the agent forged her signature? Or had power of attorney?
If the agent forged her signature, it still wouldn't be her signature.

If the agent was empowered to represent her, she'd still have to be representing something valid, I would think. It sort of seems to me that there has to be a bit more to the story. Not getting the money is one thing (and that sucks, and it does happen), but not getting the money you didn't know about would imply that you didn't sign anything or agree to anything or submit anything. I don't know.
Well, I didn't see an indication in the article that she was unwilling to do the work/accept the contract, or that the publisher was asking *her* for the money back--so I dunno.

It wasn't very forthcoming, though.