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Write Who You Know: Lee Mellon is Richard's friend Price Dunn to the life. The episodes about tapping into PG&E's gas lines, the frog pond and its "ornamental" alligators, the glass-walled caves with their low ceilings at Big Sur, and the $400 motorcycle are all true. Jesse is one of Richard's "Brautigan narrators", based upon himself but in an older, Mark Twain sense; closer to Author Avatar than Mary Sue.