Hate Man

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Hate (born Mark Hawthorne) also called Hate Man, is an American writer. His beliefs center on people being honest about their negative feelings.[1][2] He is locally famous in Berkeley, California, where he has lived since 1973.[3][4]


Mark was from Stamford, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1958 with a BA in English. While at UCONN he was Managing Editor of the Daily Campus, the University newspaper. He was also a member of AROTC and received his commission upon graduation. Hawthorne was an officer in the US Air Force and served at a SAC base in Morocco. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer.[5] He started at The New York Times as a copy boy and worked as a reporter in the Metro section from 1961 to 1970 before he left, divorced his wife, and "started being downward mobile."[6]


Hawthorne created a philosophy he calls oppositionality which is centered on treating people kindly even though you are in a bad mood. He has created his own following. The group has a practice, initiated by Hawthorne, of verbally pushing one another for what they want. Hawthorne indicates that this is about feeling out the other person's energy and communicating something to the other person about where the are coming from. The idea is to avoid negative conflict by bringing such differences out in the open, rather than creating situations where people rob or con one another for what they want.[7] He used to initiated a nightly "hate camp" on Sproul Plaza where local people released their animosity. "hate camp" is known as the camp that forms around him. Camping here makes you a "hate camper". A "true hate camper" being someone who believes in the camp and takes an active role in helping the community it creates.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hawthorne was married but is divorced.[6] He is homeless.[8]


  1. ^ Fagan, Kevin (April 11, 2010). "Homeless ex-reporter opted for Berkeley streets". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. C–3. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Telegraph Avenue, a world apart. Berkeley street dirtier yet keeps a bit of old aura". San Jose Mercury News. Feb 3, 1991. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Mohit, A (April 11, 2010). "Strange Tale of a Former New York Times Reporter". Technorati. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ Dan Rather & Harry Smith (February 28, 1997). "Mark Hawthorne, The Hate Man". CBS Evening News. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kaufman, Michael T. (January 20, 1991). "About Men; Notes From Underground". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Mourra, Sarah (November 4, 2002). "Animosity is An Amorous Enterprise for Hate Campers". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Mourra, Sarah (November 4, 2002). "'Let's Push for It'". The Daily Californian. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ Tyska, Jane (1 July 2012). "Mark Hawthorne -- aka Hate -- has made People's Park his home forever". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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