Books: Easy Writer

REVENGE OF THE LAWN by Richard Brautigan. 174 pages. Simon & Schuster. $5.95.

Escape literature is the term generally used to designate a chickenhearted conspiracy of writers and readers who do not want to face up to real life. But as Playwright Tom Stoppard noted in his existential comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, an exit is always an entrance some place else. One of the most original, whimsical escape artists in contemporary American writing is Richard Brautigan, who is definitely some place else.

His best work, an effortless and lovely cloud of confetti...

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