Sombrero Fallout, 2012

This was taken off Drury Lane, London, UK.

Sombrero Fallout  is a novel by Richard Brautigan. It was published in 1976.

Richard Brautigan was another obsession of mine for a while. His books are experimental in a really relaxed way – they are often quite surreal and comical, but with moments of startling lucidity and social and political clout.

Whatever, Richard, whatever. Here be the blurb from the back of my copy (Rebel Inc. again): …As [a writer] searches through his apartment for strands of his lost love’s hair, the discarded story in the wastepaper basket – through some kind of elaborate origami – carries on without him.

Here’s the first paragraph:

‘A sombrero fell out of the sky and landed on the Main Street of town in front of the mayor, his cousin and a person out of work. The day was scrubbed clean by the desert air. The sky was blue. It was the blue of human eyes, waiting for something to happen. There was no reason for a sombrero to fall out of the sky. No airplane or helicopter was passing overhead and it was not a religious holiday.’

I really enjoyed typing that.

In our house, the book can be found: sitting room, left-hand bookshelves, fourth shelf down.

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As always, thanks to John and Deanne and Terry, and of course Richard at CK Ponderings. One day soon I will write a short piece on why I’m titling my posts and photographs after things on the shelves in our house.