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The Anterior Insula and Hwy W

Friday, December 24, 2010

"What I try to do, among other things, is to mix fantasy and spirituality, sexuality, humor and poetry in combinations that have never quite been seen before in literature. And I guess when a reader finishes one of my books -- provided the reader does finish the book -- I would like for him or her to be in the state that they would be in after a Fellini film or a Grateful Dead concert. Which is to say that they've encountered the lifeforce in a large, irrepressible and unpredictable way and as a result their sense of wonder has been awakened and all of their possibilities have been expanded."

"At the same time, I don't think that a novel is supposed to be a guide book to happiness any more than it's supposed to be a journal of one's personal pain and frustration, which most novels are today, unfortunately. I think the novels that are most important are those that are more on the order of those coyotes that howl on the hills outside of town. Something mysterious and wild and hypnotic."

– Tom Robbins


I have returned again and again to this classic interview with the classic Tom Robbins. Thank you, January Magazine!

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"These are bleak times," Tick Turd, holding court, said to Tick Turd.

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It's going to be a good day. Benny's coming over to help fix the car and have some laughs. After that who knows.