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  Interview | Tom Robbins
Though he writes as eloquently on the topic of paradox as he does everything else he's tackled, Tom Robbins is himself a study in contradictions.
Without benefit of a conversation with Robbins it would be tempting to call the book "tightly plotted," because the intricate twists and turns certainly lend it that feel.
Robbins admits he does almost no plotting in advance but, "that's the adventure of it, for me." The thing that keeps him coming back to writing every day.
www.januarymagazine.com /profiles/robbins.html   (4134 words)

  Tom Robbins - Salon
Robbins was born on July 22, 1936, in Blowing Rock, N.C., the grandchild of two Baptist preachers.
Robbins was fired, and left Richmond aiming to get as far as possible from Virginia while still living in the continental United States.
Robbins has lived the classic hippie writer's life: multiple wives, internovel trips to obscure places, a child named after a '70s rock band.
dir.salon.com /story/people/feature/2000/03/09/robbins/?pn=2   (1056 words)

 Tom Robbins St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture - Find Articles
The novelist Tom Robbins was one of the foremost writers of the 1970s and 1980s counterculture, joining Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Pirsig as the gurus of the youth market.
Robbins grew up in Virginia and was raised to be a "southern gentleman," although two years at Washington and Lee University convinced him that he did not fit the mold.
During the 1960s, Robbins began to experiment with LSD, which he told Steven Dougherty ranks "right up there with the microscope and the telescope as an instrument of exploration." When he began to publish his novels, he was already a prominent figure of countercultural Seattle and New York.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_bio/ai_2419201016   (626 words)

 Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All
Skinny Legs and All is Tom Robbins' take on Middle Eastern politics and the frenzy of the millenium, seen through the eyes of a silver dessert spoon, a can of pork-n-beans, a dirty sock, a sacred conch shell and a centuries-old painted stick.
Robbins spends the rest of the novel mocking the New York City art scene, expounding his theories on Goddess religion and Biblical lore, and mixing up a grab-bag of Southern-fried religion and ethnic entrepreneurship.
While it's true that a Robbins novel is not an easy read, that doesn't stop one from lingering over each paragraph, whether it is to savor Robbins' eclectic, fresh turns of phrase or to riddle through his particular line of thought.
www.rambles.net /robbins_skinny.html   (485 words)

 Tom Robbins - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
I was pretty entranced by Robbins at that point in my life, and had the guy convinced me of his Alobar-ness, he might have stood a chance.
Robbins said that after dropping the acid, he sat in a chair for eight hours, not moving except to go to the bathroom.
Robbins says the key to understanding his books is the Tibetan Buddhist concept of "crazy wisdom" -- though magic mushrooms might also help.
dir.salon.com /people/feature/2000/03/09/robbins/index.html   (954 words)

 Amazon.de: Still Life with Woodpecker: English Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Robbins points out the hypocrasies and harsh realities that lie within our society and are (alas) taken for granted--after all, he asks us, why should his novel be shocking when, to some people, child abuse isn't?
Robbins' insight on human behavior on both a social and intimate level along with satyrical humor and an outrageous plot make for a perfect blend.
Robbins tells the story of a red-haired princess who falls for a rebelious bomber and their effort of "making love stay." The story line ranges from bizzare Argon aliens vacationing in Hawaii to Emirate sheiks building commercialist pyramids.
www.amazon.de /Still-Life-Woodpecker-Tom-Robbins/dp/184243022X   (1161 words)

 BookPage Interview May 2000: Tom Robbins
Robbins says he took the title from his own translation of a line from a Rimbaud poem.
Not surprisingly, Robbins is impatient with political correctness in the arts, especially the variety that expects writers to stay in their own yards and not trespass upon the sacred turf of some other group.
It gave me an appetite." Despite his anarchic sensibilities, Tom Robbins says that he maintains a regular writing schedule, because "sitting around waiting for inspiration is for amateurs." He's at his desk every morning at ten o'clock, whether, as he puts it, the muse shows up or not.
www.bookpage.com /0005bp/tom_robbins.html   (832 words)

 How to Write Like Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Tom Robbins is one of those reclusive writers who simply hands in finished manuscripts that get published as they are.
Tom didn’t seem to mind that his life was open to the world, that people driving by could see who he was having dinner with.
Tom handed in his pages every so often to a professional typist, and as soon as they were typed up, they were done.
www.disinfotainmenttoday.com /emulsionalproblems/robbins.htm   (2492 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Robbins; preventive psychiatrist and reality instructor...Follow Sissy's amazing odyssey from Virginia to chic Manhattan to the Dakota Badlands, where FBI agents, cowgirls, and ecstatic whooping cranes explode in a deliciously drawn-out climax...
Robbins is an exceptional writer: his style is positive, uplifting, educational, honest, sensual, encapsulating joie de vivre.
Tom Robbins may have a flair for creative, zany analogies, but strung together endlessly, they amount to nothing and make the book simply one big banal mixed metaphor.
www.amazon.co.uk /Even-Cowgirls-Blues-Tom-Robbins/dp/1842430246   (749 words)

 Spank The Monkey - Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
Robbins' guess at the Third Prophecy is somewhat different, but a hell of a lot more intriguing, even without the surreal interpretation Switters has to give it to make the plot work.
Robbins' prose bursts with unexpected metaphors and drips love juice from every orifice, until you're grabbing strangers in the street and quoting paragraphs at them in a desperate attempt to share this singular worldview with the planet.
His article How To Write Like Tom Robbins is a rare insight into the latter's creative process, based on a period where the two tried to collaborate on a screenplay.
www.gleeson0.demon.co.uk /fihfhc.htm   (2351 words)

 Amazon.com: Still Life with Woodpecker: Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A friend of mine who knows I am a big Tom Robbins fan asked me to appear before her Reading Group to discuss another Robbins novel and I was asked to describe Robbins body of work.
I said that Robbins collected works were sort of like a family of 12 where all the kids had one parent, say the mother, in common but all of whom had different fathers, and all of whom were raised in different religions.
Robbins reminds me of Jonathan Lethem--a world-class author with a visionary imagination, a densely intellectual approach to writing, and a skewed worldview of epic proportions.
www.amazon.com /Still-Life-Woodpecker-Tom-Robbins/dp/0553348973   (1780 words)

 Tom Robbins
One of the stories he told her was about a pilot who crashes on a desert island and discovers a brown cow with yellow spots.
Robbins attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia for two years, but he was kicked out of his fraternity for throwing biscuits at the house mother.
Robbins, who once said, "Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature," currently lives and writes in his home in rural Washington.
amsaw.org /amsaw-ithappenedinhistory-072204-robbins.html   (613 words)

 Tom Robbins comes close to revealing his true self in new book   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This exchange is classic Robbins, the politeness born of his youth in the South, the mischievous comment afterward reflecting his ol' trickster ways.
Robbins considers himself proud and unbowed, thankful for the many loyal readers who have turned his books into sure best-sellers, and semi-amused that a California fan has long operated a Robbins' Web site (www.rain.org/~da5e/tom_robbins.html), although the author would never visit himself out of fears of becoming "too self-conscious to work."
That the teen Tom was able to convince his parents to let him travel with the circus run by Bobbie's parents for a few weeks may have been the greatest act of Robbins' word magic in his life.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /books/tom02.shtml   (2126 words)

 disinformation | laughing at the black iron prison: tom robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Robbins appears, complete with psychology doctorate and a mustache so abused by ponderous munchings it must be thinking of packing up its follicles and moving.
What further sets Robbins apart from the deluge of pineal can openers is that he camps not at the top of the mountain with the gurus of impenetrability, nor in the valley in the shadow of self-help.
Robbins plays tag-football with Tantra, his drug experiences, and how the tender bud of childhood was sullied by the fiction imp.
www.disinfo.com /archive/pages/dossier/id388/pg1   (1349 words)

 The Aftrlife
Tom's nine books embrace a Crazy Wisdom worldview and are written in a complex metaphorical style that is grounded in transcendent nitty-gritty reality.
As Tom has pointed out; his novels have plot but don't depend on plot.
All suggestions for links or info to include are welcome, and, of course, credit will be given where credit is due.
www.rain.org /~da5e/tom_robbins.html   (117 words)

 Jitterbug Perfume (REISSUE) by Tom Robbins, ISBN: 0553348981   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Robbins is a literary genius and a clown.
As a big Robbins fan, I'd have to agree with many that this is probably his finest work.
The sheer scope of Robbins' knowledge, his wacky humour, and knack for metaphors make it a piece that is unforgettable.
www.campusi.com /isbn_0553348981.htm   (707 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Still Life with Woodpecker: Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Tom Robbins has a genuine talent for words and puns, and those with active funny bones will be tickled throughout.
Tom Robbins has such a unique way of looking at the world that only he could write a love story like this.
Tom's use of words astounds me, and sometimes I felt the need to re-read parts, in order to absorb them, before moving on.
www.amazon.co.uk /Still-Life-Woodpecker-Tom-Robbins/dp/184243022X   (1092 words)

 Amazon.ca: Skinny Legs and All: Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In the end, Robbins demonstrates that he is a wise and self-actualized writer, comfortable in a unique but very sensible and well-rounded philosophy.
In fact, Robbins may have chosen the only viable writing style for communicating and facilitating the digestion of such a large and outwardly controversial subject.
I think Robbins' premise here is that religion and spirituality are forces for good when practiced by the individual, but they are transformed to forces for evil when organized or systematized.
www.amazon.ca /Skinny-Legs-All-Tom-Robbins/dp/0553377884   (1472 words)

High Frontiers, like Tom Robbins, is interested in raising eyebrows out of complacency.
Tom Robbins: Since I was five years old I knew that is what I wanted to do.
Robert Anton Wilson has mentioned to me that he thinks the Illuminati were behind the scenes in "Still Life with Woodpecker." He thinks that the Illuminati has historically been engaged in maintaining and circulating the pyramid symbol through both the dollar bill and the Camel pack design.
www.sirbacon.org /4membersonly/robbins.htm   (2503 words)

 Amazon.com: Jitterbug Perfume: Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Tom Robbins gives an unappreciated vegetable center stage in a saga that spans centuries, and weaves his colorful characters into a powerful story of love, lust and life.
Sometimes Robbins composes lines that are breath taking, paradigm shattering, and worthy of several re-reads, followed by cringe-worthy lines of silly puns and twisted metaphors.
This is ultimately the strength and weakness of Robbins: he always moves to a point, a grand realization of the nature of things that he feels compelled to spell out for you.
www.amazon.com /Jitterbug-Perfume-Tom-Robbins/dp/0553348981   (1595 words)

 CNN.com - Books - A look at author Tom Robbins - March 10, 2000
Had he really been living in a Robbins novel, he would have swept the naive 22-year-old Canadian away, f--ked me and left me thankful for the experience.
Apparently, the movie was to be narrated by one of the inanimate objects, a painted stick that had resided in Solomon's first temple.
Robbins' greatest accomplishment is probably that he has successfully force-fed the '60s ethos to countless complacent children of hippies.
www.cnn.com /2000/books/news/03/10/tom.robbins/index.html   (2489 words)

 Amazon.ca: Another Roadside Attraction: Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
My advice to anyone that has not read any of Tom Robbins books is to take one out of the library before you invest money in one.
I sympathize with Tom's philosophy, so I don't think I learnt as much as others would from this work (if you are a conformist or a religomaniac you might want to find out what you're missing).
The story of how a gypsy princess, a free-spirited giant with a bone through his nose, a drug dealer, and a baboon come to possess the mummified body of Jesus Christ at their small roadside hot dog stand and zoo is nothing short of brilliant.
www.amazon.ca /Another-Roadside-Attraction-Tom-Robbins/dp/0553349481   (854 words)

 Not Just Another Roadside Attraction (Seattle Weekly)
Tom Robbins reflects on his 44-year romance with the Blue Moon.
Between 1962 and 1969, Robbins, amidst daily gigs with both The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was a devout Blue Moon regular (he spent '69 holed up with his girlfriend in an $8-a-month apartment in the dank Highway 101 town of South Bend, drafting his debut novel, Another Roadside Attraction).
Moreover, Robbins warns city administrators to be careful what they wish for, reasoning that whatever tomfoolery occurs within the confines of the Moon is best left there.
www.seattleweekly.com /news/0624/moon-robbins.php   (1406 words)

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This is, after all, a Tom Robbins novel -- and the author has never been in finer form.
In vintage Robbins style, the plot whirls every which way, as the author, writing with unrestrained glee, takes potshots at societal pillars: the military, big business and religions of all ilks.
Tom Robbins, by Catherine E. Hoyser, Lorena Laura Stookey.
www.whitefeatherforum.com /brtomrobbins.chtml   (1343 words)

 Tom robbins - Tom Robbins - Robert Anton Wilson Online Library
Robbins said in Skinny Legs and All "Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it's the cyanide."
Tom Robbins Auctions also provides all of your real estate needs, including selling by auction or by private listing and buyer representation.
The AFTRLife: A Tom Robbins Playground - Acronym for alt.fan.tom-robbins.
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 Jitterbug Perfume - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jitterbug Perfume is Tom Robbins' fourth novel, published in 1984.
As with most of Robbins' couples, their mutual libido is enormous, and their love quite like something out of a fairy tale.
Bluer than indigo." Intentionally or not, Robbins has quoted a Chinese proverb 1.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jitterbug_Perfume   (1120 words)

 Jitterbug mayonnaise / Mountain Xpress / Asheville, NC
And let this be said: Robbins may have flown tush over teacup into the literary stratosphere with a succession of sporadically acclaimed and not infrequently best-selling books, but he hasn't forgotten his roots.
Robbins has authored nine weirdly contorted, squishily sexy romps – from Another Roadside Attraction (1971) to Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) to my favorites, Still Life With Woodpecker (1980) and Jitterbug Perfume (1984).
But dashed hopes are hard on the heart, and Prozac is no substitute for the wish that Robbins' rabbit-hole romping would carry us past his leering Jabberwocks into Canaan or Sybaris.
www.mountainx.com /ae/2004/0623robbins.php   (627 words)

 Amazon.com: Skinny Legs and All: Books: Tom Robbins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This can best be seen in one of Tom's most poignant creations: a restaurant named Isaac and Ishmael's, owned by a Jew and an Arab in an attempt to call attention to the brotherhood needed to end the conflict in the Middle East.
This was my first Tom Robbins book, so at first I found the self-consciously clever metaphors and phrases tiresome, but after 50 pages or so I was hooked, looking forward to the next one.
Tom Robbins' "Skinny Legs and All" is a novel that pulls in two directions.
www.amazon.com /Skinny-Legs-All-Tom-Robbins/dp/0553377884   (2907 words)

 Author Tom Robbins discusses contemporary noveldom in this month's Harper's magazine
Tom Robbins, the word magician from La Conner, unleashes zingers against the dreary state of contemporary noveldom in a high-spirited essay featured in this month's Harper's magazine.
It's the best-selling author of "Villa Incognito" on his pinto pony sallying forth against novels that wallow in the mudfields of dysfunction and depression.
Robbins instead urges a serious, but playful literature of Zen-influenced "crazy wisdom" to the rescue.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /books/188730_tf201.html   (341 words)

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