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Overview

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 = 5
2017 = 1 manuscript
2013 = 5 manuscripts


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.