RMSYL 23: Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan (read by Vera Chok)

“There’s so much naughtiness and pleasure in overturning the ridiculousness of taking ourselves so seriously.”  Vera Chok                                                 

Vera Chok is a stage and screen actress from Malaysia who is based in the UK. Vera trained at The Poor School and Ecole Philippe Gaulier and has appeared in productions such as Mansfield Park & Ride (2010), Uncle Vanya (2010), The Firework-maker’s Daughter (2011), and Chimerica (2013).

DISCUSSED: What Does Richard Brautigan Taste Like?; Exciting Familiarity Versus Unfamiliar Excitement; Trout-Based 60s Cornerstones; Marston Bates (File Under: Captain Pugwash?); Finding a Rationale for Culture; Serious Questions or “Serious Questions” (i.e. Silliness); Chok-Inspired Neolexia; Chasing the Mayonaise/Mayonnaise; The Upsetting Space of Beauty; Bygone Names; Ambivalent Mayonnaise; Caring Mayonnaise; Mayonnaise As The Ultimate Signifier.

Vera: http://www.verachok.com/
TwitterChok: https://twitter.com/Vera_Chok
The Brautigan Book Club: http://www.brautiganbookclub.co.uk/

3 responses to “RMSYL 23: Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan (read by Vera Chok)

  1. According to the biography “Jubilee Hitchhiker,” the last chapter of “Trout Fishing in America” (postscript and all) that Vera Chok and the host spent so much time dissecting is a found object, a letter used as a bookmark that fell out of a book in a library, that Brautigan printed verbatim in his novel. This doesn’t negate the meanings that Ms. Chok and the host found in the chapter (perhaps those things meant the same to Brautigan as well), but the fact that the author didn’t actually write the letter is an important element of “Trout Fishing in America.”

  2. That’s pretty interesting and it makes me love it even more. So if that is true, and not everything in the biography is necessarily true – who knows? – then Brautigan would have shaped the preceding chapters so that the “end” would work. Beyond the idea of ending a book with the word “mayonnaise”.

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