by Tom Robbins - £9.99 Oldcastle Books Ltd (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781842431719 | ISBN 10: 1842431714
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,' Tom 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Embedded in this primarily journalistic companion are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of a divided nation.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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