- Published: New York : Bantam Books, 2005.
- Year Published: 2005
- Description: 255 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Robbins, Tom -- Written works.
- Robbins, Tom -- Interviews.
- Popular culture -- Essays.
- American poetry.
- Short stories.
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Wild ducks flying backward : the short writings of Tom Robbins.
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Call number: 818 Ro
Canyon of the vaginas -- Two in the bush -- TEight-story kiss -- Cannibal king wants his din-din -- Day the earth spit warthogs.
Doors -- Nurse Duffy of MTV -- Joseph Campbell -- Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg -- Genius waitress -- Ray Kroc -- Jennifer Jason Leigh -- Leonard Cohen -- Slipper sipping -- Redheads -- Alan Rudolph -- Miniskirt feminism -- Sixties -- Diane Keaton -- Kissing -- Shree Bhagwan Rajneesh -- Ruby Montana -- Terence McKenna -- Thomas Pynchon -- Debra Winger.
Triplets -- Dream of the language wheel -- Catch 28 -- Three haiku -- Moonlight whoopee cushion sonata -- Origin of cigars -- Stick Indians -- Home medicine -- Clair de Lune -- Aloha nui -- Are you ready for the new urban fragrances? -- Honky-tonk astronaut -- Creole debutante -- Master Bo Ling -- R.S.V.P. -- My heart is not a poodle -- West to Satori -- Wild card -- Open wide -- Two for my young son -- Towers of St. Ignatz.
In defiance of gravity -- Till lunch do us part -- What is art and if we know what art is, what is politics? -- Morris Louis : Empty and full -- Lost in translation -- Leo Kenney and the geometry of dreaming -- Desire of his object.
Write about one of your favorite things -- How do you feel about America? -- What do you think writer's block is and have you ever had it? -- With what fictional character do you most identify? -- Is the writer obligated to use his/her medium as an instrument for social betterment? -- Why do you live where you live? -- What was your first outdoor adventure? -- Do you express your personal political opinions in your novels? -- How would you evaluate John Steinbeck? -- Tell us about your favorite car -- What is your favorite place in nature? -- Send us a souvenir from the road -- What is the function of metaphor? -- Are you a realist? -- What is the meaning of life?
A generous sampling, collected here for the first time and including works as diverse as scholarly art criticism and some decidedly untypical country-music lyrics. Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of our divided nation.
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