The hippie icon who was “contemptuous of hippies”. Richard Brautigan is only really remembered now for his book Trout Fishing in America and his grizzly suicide. His popularity peaked in the late-60s and by the time of his death he was held by the press and the literary community as a joke, a relic of the sixties. A shame. Lawrence Wright’s obituary in Rolling Stone captures the essence of Brautigan with a quiet poeticism. I go back to this all the time.