Mark Hawthorne lives on the streets of Berkeley, eating garbage, wearing women’s clothing, and espousing his philosophy of amiable hatred. From 1961 to 1970 he was a reporter for the NY Times, but he’s since moved on to a more secure profession. Hawthorne is known as the “Hate Man” and is something of a local celebrity in his hood. Now, thanks to an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s getting a little national attention. The interviewer, perhaps with an eye towards his own future, asked about Hawthorne’s culinary choices:
Q: Why do you like to eat out of trash cans?
A: It’s free. It makes your immune system strong. It’s risky and offensive to some people, but I’m cautious. I sniff it and don’t just eat anything.
Thanks, Hate Man. We’re taking notes.