Conversations with Tom Robbins

Overview

Since the publication of Another Roadside Attraction in 1971, Tom Robbins (b. 1932) has become known as the principal voice of American countercultural fiction. His cult celebrity was further solidified by the success of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) and Still Life With Woodpecker (1980). Robbins's mix of vivid language, ribald humor, philosophical musings, controversial commentary on religion and sexuality, and concentration on female protagonists and feminine consciousness has marked almost all of his ...

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Overview

Since the publication of Another Roadside Attraction in 1971, Tom Robbins (b. 1932) has become known as the principal voice of American countercultural fiction. His cult celebrity was further solidified by the success of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) and Still Life With Woodpecker (1980). Robbins's mix of vivid language, ribald humor, philosophical musings, controversial commentary on religion and sexuality, and concentration on female protagonists and feminine consciousness has marked almost all of his fiction, as well as his short writings.

Despite his undeserved reputation as 1960s hippie icon, all of Robbins's work remains popular and in print, and his later novels--including Jitterbug Perfume (1984), Skinny Legs and All (1990), Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (1994), Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates(2000), Villa Incognito (2003), and B Is for Beer (2009)--engage thoroughly with current politics, mores, and trends.

Conversations with Tom Robbins brings together more than twenty interviews with the acclaimed author, from the mid-1970s to the present. Throughout the volume, Robbins discusses his working methods, his fusion of Eastern and Western philosophical traditions, the need for wit and humor in serious fiction, and the ways living in the Pacific Northwest has fueled his work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604738278
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 839,142
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Liam O. Purdon, Crete, Nebraska, is professor of English at Doane College. His work has been published in Studies in Philology, Philological Quarterly, Medievalia et Humanistica, Papers on Language and Literature, English Language Notes, and other periodicals.

Beef Torrey, Crete, Nebraska, has edited Conversations with Thomas McGuane, Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson, with Kevin Simonson, and Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1964-2008, with Gregg Orr.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chronology xxi

Taking Tom Robbins Seriously Michael Rogers 3

Dialogue with Tom Robbins Michael Strelow 19

An Interview with Tom Robbins Larry McCaffery Sinda Gregory 25

Will the real Robbins please stand up? Randy Sue Coburn 43

The Post-Modernist Outlaw Intellectual Peter O. Whitmer 48

Tom Robbins Nicholas O'Connell 64

Joy in Spite of Everything: An Interview with Tom Robbins Bill Strickland 82

Tom Robbins: Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream Inga Muscio 87

Tom Robbins's Book of Bozo Jessica Maxwell 92

Tom Robbins: an outrageous writer in a politically correct era Michael Sims 94

The Green Man Gregory Daurer 97

An Interview with Tom Robbins Russell Reising 104

It Takes a Villa J. Rentilly 122

Tom Robbins Incognito: Tracking the Pacific Northwest's Elusive Literacy Outlaw Christian Martin 129

Even Tom Robbins Gets the Blues Steve Bloom 139

Barely Legal Grace Connie Corzilius Spasser 143

Fame and Fortune: Tom Robbins Jay MacDonald 145

Wisdom of the Rebels Andrea Miller 151

HarperCollins Interview Abigail Holstein 157

The Storyteller's Tale Tania Ahsan 160

A Literary Conversation with Tom Robbins Liam O. Purdon Beef Torrey 164

Index 189

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