I Watched the World…30 Years After Brautigan

Co-presented by The Bancroft Library, proud repository of a significant collection of Richard Brautigan’s papers

If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago: Somebody asked you a question and you did not know the answer. That is my name.
―Richard Brautigan, In Watermelon Sugar


Thirty years after Richard Brautigan’s passing, friends Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure and David Meltzer, and family members Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen and Paul Swensen gather in discussion with poet and U.C. professor Robert Hass to recall the man and the writer whose works (Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster) were synonymous with the cultural awakening of the 1960s in San Francisco. Created and screened solely for this event will also be Paul Swensen’s short film You Will Have Unreal Recollections of Me, using interviews as well as unique images from the collection of Brautigan’s daughter Ianthe.