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Wild Ducks Flying Backward

Tom Robbins

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 Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are a couple of short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an off-beat assessment of our divided nation.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." From the Hardcover edition.

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." From the Hardcover edition.
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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." From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Debra Winger

Length:

7h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:59


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:45


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:09


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:20


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

00:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

00:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

00:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

01:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

00:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:27


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:07


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:56


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:14


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:10


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:40


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:21


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:36


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:26


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:57


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:07


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:16


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:39


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:20


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:06


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:37


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:41


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

01:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:28


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:35


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

00:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:54


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:54


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:06


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:51


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:16


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:26