homeless ex-reporter: meet Hate Man.

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles Mark Hawthorne, best known as the “Hate Man” on the streets of Berkeley. The homeless man insists that anyone who engages in a conversation with him opens with “I hate you.”

Hawthorne says that this is actually “a new way of hating. It’s about being straight with people. The dictionary defines hate as hostility, but that’s heavy. My idea is to be straight about negative feelings that we all have, which is what hate is, and then you can have a real conversation. Don’t be threatening or angry or snotty – just straight.”

Mark “Hate Man” Hawthorne was a New York Times reporter back in the 1960s and these are some of Hawthorne’s stories from his days at the Times.

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