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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Aug. 29 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553383531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383539
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Please Don't Judge This Book By Its Cover Jan. 3 2007
By R. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book's halfhearted, low-budget cover screams, "I'm drivel and trash and the publisher knows it."

To judge this book by its cover would be a tragic mistake.

In this collection of essays, articles and columns written for various publications over the years, Tom Robbins proves himself wittier than Dorothy Parker, more colorful than Hunter S. Thompson, sharper in perception than Andy Rooney.

Piercing, even. A journalist of the highest order.

It's worth the price of the book just to read Miniskirt Feminism, a reminiscence of the 60's originally published in the New York Times (1995).

Buy the book. Throw away the ugly dust cover. You won't be disappointed.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Hard to believe they couldn't find more interesting stuff on TR's hard drive. Aug. 25 2007
By Nicole Del Sesto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not a fan of short stories. I'm less of a fan of gathering together a bunch of old articles and selling them as a book. I am, however, a huge fan of Tom Robbins.

While it was good to read some Tom again, I can't say I was tremendously impressed by this selection of "short writings." Personally, in terms of cleaning out a hard drive and putting it in novel form, I much prefer Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time I did enjoy some of Tom's poetry, and the homage to the Doors but other than that, the material was seriously dated.

Hopefully there will be a new novel soon. I miss him. And these last two forays (this and Villa Incognito) have left me wanting.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Simply Amazing Oct. 20 2005
By Emlen P. Tetlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just when all the bad news in the world seems to have taken the joy out of life, leave it to Tom Robbins to put events in their proper place. There is no one like him in the writing universe today that can make an insane situation seem, well quite normal. Prior to this book, I've only read his novels (many times over)but that Robbins touch works perfectly well in essays and short stories. And like his novels, after reading this book, I will go back a enjoy all his prior work.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Than God for this man.... Sept. 26 2005
By Peter V. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
....the world would be less fun without him. Like most of his fans, I only wish he released books more frequently. I found this collection of non-fiction totally winning. It may not be "Cowgirls" or "Still Life", but then it wasn't meant to be.

Like his best fiction though, Robbins will give you some laughs while you're reading, and some things to think about when you put the book down.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
If you expected another novel - this ain't it! Oct. 23 2005
By Espoc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tom Robbins' short fiction runs the gamut: from sexy and delicious to somewhat dated and irrelevant. It's a collection that spans more than 30 years, and as such is indispensible to any hard-core Robbins fan. His inimitable style is all there, but the feeling of deep satisfaction one derives from reading one of his crazy novels is missing.


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