"Suppose you awoke one morning with the uneasy feeling that the world had, while you slept, somehow slipped a-tilt and rose to find that your dresser drawers were mysteriously open a fraction of an inch and that prescription bottles had tipped over in the medicine cabinet (although neither you nor anyone else in your household had ventured since bedtime to get an aspirin, a condom or a tums) and that pictures on the wall, shades on lamps and books in the case were askew. Outdoors, the taller buildings were posing a la Pisa, or, should you live in the country, streams were running slightly outside their grooves as fruits dropped like gargoyle ganglia from the uniformly leaning trees. What would be your reaction to such a phenomenon? Honestly, now, and seriously, too. How would you feel? Would you be scared? Confused? Puzzled and anxious? Would you telephone the police? Would you pray? Or would you numbly await and explanation, refusing to attempt to analyze the event or even to experience it with your full emotions until you had read the papers, tuned in the news, heard how experts from the universities were explaining the tilt, learned how the Pentagon planned to deal with it, were reassured by the President, who might insist, as Presidents will, that nothing really nothing had gone wrong? Or instead of fear, bewilderment and anxiety, or in addition to fear, bewilderment and anxiety, or instead of a hard impulse to dismiss the happening and get back to business-as-usual, or in addition to a hard impulse to dismiss the happening and get back to business-as-usual, do you imagine that a bright trace of delight, unnamable and indefensible, might tickle your spine; could you feel in an odd way elated - elated, perhaps, because, in a ration world where even disasters are familiar and damn near routine, something of almost fairytale flavor had occurred?"
http://gawker.com/news/gift-ideas/vulva-original-germany-is-exporting-its-ladies-one-drop-at-a-time-331306.php#c3237947Jitterbug perfume, anyone?
I've been thinking (for literally years) about my future Tom Robbins-related tattoo and what it shall be. There's always the option of the woodpecker, Salome, or some text...those seem pretty doable...but I had this idea last night:You know in Another Roadside Attraction how he goes on for a little bit about Amanda's tattoos? (I don't have my book with me at college so I can't find the exact reference but I'm hoping someone knows what I mean. I envisioned (because of the references to them being distinctly feminine and something about them regarding her pregnancy) something across her lower belly, just sort of below the waistline. I'm thinking a triple moon symbol and flowers and fruits and maybe butterflies and other generally femininity-fertility symbols.But what I want to know is, what tattoos do you think Amanda Ziller had?
Hello!Im doing a project on Another Roadside Attraction. Im having trouble identifying themes. Any help is greatly appreciated!! :D
Tom Robbins myspace? I casually looked for his page a few days ago, and I found that new one. I left the first comment, actually, sarcastically suggesting that I should stay in the "top eight" for leaving the first comment. A long time ago, I installed one of those website tracker devices on my profile--as a hopeful writer, its kind of neat to see what kind of traffic you are pulling in, etc. Anyway, on the same day that I received the above mentioned note-I got a hit from LaConner, Washington. At least what the potentially faulty, free website tracker states. So, I don't know-this story doesn't exactly have a point. But it is, maybe it ain't. Now, I'm just randomly leaving comments on his page, hoping he'll reveal his non-faker status or.....something. Do with that information what you must, ha.
"The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens -- but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it's love and love alone that really matters."Tom has apparently been writing a children's book about beer. Read what he's got so far here:http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/writers/317083_writer25.htmlI am in favor!
What's our boy up to these days? Anyone know if he's got a new novel in the works yet?
I am having a great week by myself and it is all literary and cinematically based. I am reading Another Roadside Attraction for the first time ever (I was reading the rather lackluster Fierce Invalids...for the first time, but I just couldn't get into it.) Skinny Legs and All and Even Cowgirls...are the only Robbins I have read, but I am indeed a fan. That is all it took. I am reading ARA and I have been watching Jean-Pierre Jeunet films--mostly the early ones like City of Lost Children and Delicatessan--and I just watched Serenity, the Firefly film by Joss Whedon (for the second time) and I am also reading Gregor the Overlander and then as my job right now I am researching Japanese Hyperculture. It is truly a weird and wonderful week. Now I just need to get outside for a bit and it would all be perfect. Question: Did anyone else find Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates to be a disappointment? Yes I know I am risking annhiliation here. x-posted to cultofrobbins and be the pinecone
Gawd, I know this is kind of vague.I recall once noting a quote from one of TR's novels that declare, "to enjoy life one must fully appreciate the pleasure of being terribly deceived".That's in no way an exact quote, but it's close. Unfortunately, I can't even remember which book.Can anyone help me out????[x-posted]