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Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Tom Robbins

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I guess I’d have to call Tom Robbins work a bit of a guilty pleasure. His books are well-written but probably not to everyone’s taste. But since I do have a taste for some of the weirdness, Robbins is a fun read. From his wiki:

Thomas Eugene “Tom” Robbins (born July 22, 1932)[1] is an American author. His best-selling novels are “seriocomedies” (also known as “comedy-drama”),[2] often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts. His novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was made into a movie in 1993 by Gus Van Sant and stars Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, and Keanu Reeves.[3]

It has been a few years since I last read any of Robbins’ books but I do remember that each one of them I have read portrayed characters and situations that could only be described as absurd yet Robbins was able to weave disparate themes to make an overall coherence. Again from his wiki:

Michael Dare described Robbins’ writing style in the following manner: “When he starts a novel, it works like this. First he writes a sentence. Then he rewrites it again and again, examining each word, making sure of its perfection, finely honing each phrase until it reverberates with the subtle texture of the infinite. Sometimes it takes hours. Sometimes an entire day is devoted to one sentence, which gets marked on and expanded upon in every possible direction until he is satisfied. Then, and only then, does he add a period.”[12] When Robbins was asked to explain his “gift” for storytelling in 2002, he replied:

“I’m descended from a long line of preachers and policemen. Now, it’s common knowledge that cops are congenital liars, and evangelists spend their lives telling fantastic tales in such a way as to convince otherwise rational people that they’re factual. So, I guess I come by my narrative inclinations naturally.[13]”

His first book was Another Roadside Attraction, first published in 1971 although I think I read it sometime late in the ’70s. The Goodreads intro for it is:

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Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Tom Robbins

Please Note: When I began this series, it was to cover a lot of authors whom I have found personally influential, even though this may only be because I enjoyed the stories they have told in their books or short stories. I’m just fortunate enough and well read enough that many of the authors I have personally enjoyed have also been influential on a macro scale as well as micro. rrt
#TomRobbins: recognize any of his books @SPMOH today's @Wordsmitten Workshop FYI @TBOcom
I guess I’d have to call Tom Robbins’ work a bit of a guilty pleasure. His books are well-written but probably not to everyone’s taste. But since I do have a taste for some of the weirdness, Robbins is a fun read. From his wiki:

Thomas Eugene “Tom” Robbins (born July 22, 1932)[1] is an American author. His best-selling novels are “seriocomedies” (also known as “comedy-drama”),[2] often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts. His novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was made into a movie in 1993 by Gus Van Sant and stars Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, and Keanu Reeves.[3]

It has been a few years since I last read any of Robbins’ books but I do remember that each one of them I have read portrayed characters and situations that could only be described as absurd yet Robbins was able to weave disparate themes to make an overall coherence. Again from his wiki:

Michael Dare described Robbins’ writing style in the following manner: “When he starts a novel, it works like this. First he writes a sentence. Then he rewrites it again and again, examining each word, making sure of its perfection, finely honing each phrase until it reverberates with the subtle texture of the infinite. Sometimes it takes hours. Sometimes an entire day is devoted to one sentence, which gets marked on and expanded upon in every possible direction until he is satisfied. Then, and only then, does he add a period.”[12] When Robbins was asked to explain his “gift” for storytelling in 2002, he replied:

“I’m descended from a long line of preachers and policemen. Now, it’s common knowledge that cops are congenital liars, and evangelists spend their lives telling fantastic tales in such a way as to convince otherwise rational people that they’re factual. So, I guess I come by my narrative inclinations naturally.[13]”

His first book was Another Roadside Attraction, first published in 1971 although I think I read it sometime late in the ’70s. The Goodreads intro for it is:

What if the Second Coming didn’t quite come off as advertised? What if “the corpse” on display in that funky roadside zoo is really who they say it is – what does that portend for the future of western civilization? And what if a young clairvoyant named Amanda reestablishes the flea circus as popular entertainment, and fertility worship as the principal religious form of our high-tech age? Another Roadside Attraction answers those questions and a lot more.

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was his next, first published in ’76. This effort is Robbins only book that has been made into a movie, starring Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Pat Morita, and Keanu Reeves.

From there, I did read the next three of Robbins’ books as they came out. Still Life with Woodpecker was first published in 1980 followed by Jitterbug Perfume published in 1984, and Skinny Legs and All published in 1990.

Robbins published his memoirs earlier this year (2014) – Tibetan Peach Pie:A True Account of an Imaginative Life. Slate and NPR both seem to damn with faint praise. From the NPR review: (more…)

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