Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins

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Bantam Books, 2005 - Literary Collections - 255 pages
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Known for his meaty seriocomic novels–expansive works that are simultaneously lowbrow and highbrow–Tom Robbins has also published over the years a number of short pieces, predominantly nonfiction. His travel articles, essays, and tributes to actors, musicians, sex kittens, and thinkers have appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Harper’s, from Playboy to the New York Times, High Times, and 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, Wild Ducks Flying Backward offers a rare sweeping overview of the eclectic
sensibility of an American original.

Whether he is rocking with the Doors, depoliticizing Picasso’s Guernica, lamenting the angst-ridden state of contemporary literature, or drooling over tomato sandwiches and a species of womanhood he calls “the genius waitress,” Robbins’s briefer writings often exhibit the same five traits that perhaps best characterize his novels: an imaginative wit, a cheerfully brash disregard for convention, a sweetly nasty eroticism, a
mystical but keenly observant eye, and an irrepressible love of language.

Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of our divided nation. And wherever we open Wild Ducks Flying Backward, we’re apt to encounter examples of the intently serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a self-described “romantic Zen hedonist” and “stray dog in the banquet halls of culture.”

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Probably good writing. - Goodreads
There a few good insights in the essays. - Goodreads
Tom Robbins does a damn fine job of writing. - Goodreads
... it gives a little insight into his odd mind. - Goodreads
The intro to this book may be my favorite part of it... - Goodreads
Change of pace being short stories but as funny as evr. - Goodreads

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As a somewhat transitory person it's nice to receive validation that a weird life is a good life. With his passion for imagination and obsession with language Tom Robbins does just that. He should have his own syndicated advice column for vagabonds. Read full review

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His poetry left me a little cold, but the essays were brilliant. "In Defiance of Gravity" is alone worth the cost of the book. Tom Robbins has a way of stoking the embers in my jaded heart and helping ... Read full review



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TOM ROBBINS is the author of eight novels. When not roaming, he lives in the Seattle area.

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