Known for his meaty seriocomic novels, Tom Robbins’s shorter work has appeared in publications ranging from Esquire to Harper’s, from Playboy to the New York Times. Collected here for the first time in paperback, the essays, articles, observations—and even some untypical country-music lyrics—offer a rare overview of the eclectic sensibility of an American original.
Whether 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 exhibit the 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 Embedded in this primarily journalistic compilation are brand-new short stories, a sheaf of largely unpublished poems, and an offbeat assessment of our divided nation. Wherever you open Wild Ducks Flying Backward, you’ll encounter the serious playfulness that percolates from the mind of a self-described “romantic Zen hedonist” and “stray dog in the banquet halls of culture.”
About the Author
Tom Robbins has been a reporter and columnist covering crime and politics in New York for more than thirty years, including at the "Village Voice", the "New York Daily News", and "The New York Observer". He has also written for the "New York Times Magazine" and the "New York Post".
“A single sentence from Robbins is worth the price of admission.” –Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
“Hilarious.”—New York Times Book Review
“A treat. Robbins is fearless, original, mind-expanding and funny as hell.”—San Diego Union-Tribune