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|Wednesday, May 5th, 2010|
Sometimes you want a little taste, a trickle, a jolt. A tiny fragment to remind you to look for the wahoo today, or a pretty to let you really revel in just how wild and free life is. Fuck yeah, Tom Robbins Tumblr
posts such little gemules originating or inspired from the Dude himself.
|Thursday, July 23rd, 2009|
in the interst of brevity for folks tuning in from face book
there are some actionable items that i'd like to put out there for the group.
*if anyone knows of a brilliant artisan/crafter/maker/musician/poet/stor
y teller/circus troupe/ what have you we would like to meet them, and give them coffee and a kazoo
*if any of you has a festival that you'd like to see manifest. we're probably game. right now on the tom robbins appreciable front we're organizing the Kentucky armadillo festival to celebrate our states newest fauna (arrived via global warming just last year) as sort of a gallows humor environmental barbecue and beer event, and The Kentucky Derby is Decadent & Depraved a decentralized street music festival organized to strike fear and wonder into the hearts of derby goers (that one's got a dusty old myspace page over athttp://www.myspace.com/decadentanddepraved
) . we may well also be asked to take on the Kentucky Out House Blow Out (http://www.pennsstore.com/events/blowout.htm
) which is rampant speculation.
*i could also use a really high resolution scan of the hot dog on the cover of another roadside attraction the old one with the gentleman with a mustache
*i'd like for all of you to have an astounding day.
speaking of face book, sadly we are much more active there than on live journal, look us up! we also have a pretty neglected myspace page, if that's you're thing.
once upon a time i was ate up with this group and fairly involved, that was under the handle Huck. at the time i was mostly on a motorcycle trip around the southeast bouncing back and forth between outsider art environments and roadside attractions.
the next trip was going to be into the bayou in attempt to search for a town tom had mentioned in an interview that was settled by runaway slaves and where the girls of the community exhibited clairvoyant powers during puberty.
i fell in love instead, we all get distracted.
any how, some years back i had drunken existential debate with a good friend of mine where i contended that all paths through life being roughly equal and Meaning (!) being a fluid thing that one can only approach from their peripheral vision, it made as much sense as anything to take on the task of living a life worthy of a tom robbins character. some folks write epic poems chiseled into mountain sides, some folks devote themselves to serving this or that manifestation of the collective god head, some folks would just like to make a whole lot of money. done wrong any path will leave you miserable and unsatisfied, done right any path should be as good as any other. so why not the joy and perpetual novelty (which studies show is one of the better ways to fight alzheimers) of one of the protagonists of a tom robbins book.
believe it or not the wound up reaching a pitch so fevered that bottles were thrown and blood was shed (better than a crusade by a long shot though).
now typically this is where the story ends, we wake up, apologize and mull over of the grand pronouncements of the night and settle back into the day to day.
only i'm ornery. and the girl i love who recently became the wife i love, is equally ornery and won't settle for less than ecstatic joy. and we've made great headway.
we are now the proprietors of a genuine roadside attraction. the Valley Hill General Store, built in 1886 and in a gorgeous sweeping valley with a creek running though the back yard and through an abandoned train trestle. we stock the traditional odds and ends one would expect to find in a general store, the catch is we source all of them as locally as possible. we also stock some ephemera solely designed to inspire wonder and joy, kazoos, aviator hats ( made locally from recycled leather), alpaca wool and these astounding little tarted up gourds that a local woman sells as fairy houses.
i'm hoping that this isn't coming off, but i fear it is, as somewhere between an advertisement and out right bragging. i just wanted to put this out there as a point of reference and a little glimmer of wonder for those who might be having a dreary day.
of course i'd also like to have y'all stop by for some caramel/pear ice cream.
|Monday, April 20th, 2009|
I don't know about the rest of you, but reading Tom Robbins definitely gives me this feeling
moreso than any other author ever has.
|Friday, January 23rd, 2009|
best robbins recommendation I've ever given
Once upon a thrift store, a young Sissy Hankshaw doppelgänger happened by my till.
When I saw this girl, this 16 year old, lanky blonde, wearing a cowgirl hat, mud on her face, with skin like cream squeezed that very morning, I paused. There was absolutely no questioning who she was.
She and her mother approached the counter, with what else but cowgirl boots in hand. Sissy had that look in her eye. She had found her home in these boots, of course, and she quietly wanted them. Mother spoke on behalf of daughter, asking if the price might be shaved down a wee bit. I sighed, and while attempting to avoid staring after certain thumbs, confessed that they could try talking to a manager but I didn't think it would happen. Crestfallen, the two walked away.
About five minutes later, I was hauling used merch around, and found the lass looking through books separated from her mama. I couldn't resist.
No introductions necessary.
"Hey, have you ever heard of Tom Robbins?"
"There's a book you need to read, it's called Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins."
And I was off without further explanation. I did get to see Ma Hankshaw secretly buying the pricey boots with an indulgent smile on her face before the little lady left.
|Thursday, January 8th, 2009|
B Is for Beer
Well I was wondering when we'd be getting something new. Anyone know anything more about this "Children's Book for Grownups"?
|Wednesday, July 16th, 2008|
I have to share this with people who will actually appreciate it! I just got this done yesterday. The artist was able to take it from a crappy drawing on a Wal-Mart reciept to...this! ( Erleichda!Collapse ) Current Mood: ecstatic
|Sunday, May 11th, 2008|
Icons, Icons, Icons...
I've been a huge fan of Tom Robbins for years, and I just made a batch of icons for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. I didn't not
want to share them, and I thought someone here might be interested...so here I am!
Here are a few samples:
All of these and more can be found here at my journal.
Just scroll past the first few tables! ( And just as a warning
: these icons were posted with other icons that contain sexual themes, slash, inappropriate language, and my really terrible sense of humor. So please, don't kill me! )
|Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008|
hello everyone! I am new to the community- but have read tom's books for years. I am so happy to discover this community. I am sure this has been mentioned before- but I was wondering if anyone could be so kind as to point me in the right direction in regards to where to send Tom mail? Can someone message me his address or any address to where it is best to send letters? Thank you!
also to the last post which was a while ago- I too wonder very much what Amanda's tattoos actually looked like.........!
|Friday, November 9th, 2007|
I've been thinking (for literally years) about my future Tom Robbins-related tattoo and what it shall be. There's always the option of the woodpecker, Salome, or some text...those seem pretty doable...but I had this idea last night:
You know in Another Roadside Attraction
how he goes on for a little bit about Amanda's tattoos? (I don't have my book with me at college so I can't find the exact reference but I'm hoping someone knows what I mean.
I envisioned (because of the references to them being distinctly feminine and something about them regarding her pregnancy) something across her lower belly, just sort of below the waistline. I'm thinking a triple moon symbol and flowers and fruits and maybe butterflies and other generally femininity-fertility symbols.
But what I want to know is, what tattoos do you think Amanda Ziller had?
|Sunday, November 4th, 2007|
Im doing a project on Another Roadside Attraction. Im having trouble identifying themes. Any help is greatly appreciated!! :D
|Thursday, September 20th, 2007|
What's our boy up to these days? Anyone know if he's got a new novel in the works yet?
|Wednesday, August 15th, 2007|
I am having a great week by myself and it is all literary and cinematically based. I am reading Another Roadside Attraction for the first time ever (I was reading the rather lackluster Fierce Invalids...for the first time, but I just couldn't get into it.) Skinny Legs and All and Even Cowgirls...are the only Robbins I have read, but I am indeed a fan. That is all it took. I am reading ARA and I have been watching Jean-Pierre Jeunet films--mostly the early ones like City of Lost Children and Delicatessan--and I just watched Serenity, the Firefly film by Joss Whedon (for the second time) and I am also reading Gregor the Overlander and then as my job right now I am researching Japanese Hyperculture. It is truly a weird and wonderful week. Now I just need to get outside for a bit and it would all be perfect.
Question: Did anyone else find Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates to be a disappointment?
Yes I know I am risking annhiliation here.
x-posted to cultofrobbins and be the pinecone
|Friday, June 22nd, 2007|
People of zee wurl, relax!
Hey -- I just discovered & joined this group today so I thought I'd say hi. "Jitterbug Perfume" is the first Tom Robbins book I ever read & it remains my favorite (both linguistically and philosophically) but I'm also fond of "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates" and "Villa Incognito," which I just read a couple of months ago. Nice to find a group of Robbins fans!
|Monday, June 4th, 2007|
|Thursday, May 24th, 2007|
Quote from Jitterbug Perfume
"The Middle Ages hangs over history's belt like a beer belly. It is too late now for aerobic dancing or cottage cheese lunches to reduce the Middle Ages. History will have to wear size 48 shorts forever."
|Thursday, May 3rd, 2007|
Need quote help
Gawd, I know this is kind of vague.
I recall once noting a quote from one of TR's novels that declare, "to enjoy life one must fully appreciate the pleasure of being terribly deceived".
That's in no way an exact quote, but it's close. Unfortunately, I can't even remember which book.
Can anyone help me out????[x-posted]
|Tuesday, May 1st, 2007|
The sky was the color of Edgar Allan Poe's pajamas.
-Tom (of course) Current Mood: thoughtful
|Monday, March 19th, 2007|
New member and Jitterbug Perfume
I was directed here with this little story by a fellow JP-lover in another group. I am enjoying reading past entries and hope that mine is a worty addition.
Just another instance of how perfume (and leisure reading!) makes me smarter and helps me with vet school:
I was just reading through my Large Animal Internal Medicine book, an article on "Choke and Esophageal Disorders" when I came across this sentence: "Objects such as potatoes, apples, or mangels may be swallowed whole or in chunks too large to pass the entire esophagus, especially in cattle."
My initial reaction: WTF? Lucky for my profs and the authors of this book, I have read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, so I KNOW what a mangel is (a beet!).
I took pause and did a quick internet dictionary search to see if they could have possibly meant something else, nope, probably not.
Beet it is. Or mangel. Weird.
Good thing I have an obsession with good perfume and perfume stories, otherwise my schooling might have stalled right there and then, on that unexpected word.
I feel like I should write Tom Robbins and thank him for saving my career. :) Current Mood: studious
|Friday, December 15th, 2006|
Really, why TR is my favorite writer
"This is the earthy face of Vineripeus, the ancient New Jersey tomato god. He's usually depicted with his consort, Mayo, the universal goddess of condiments. It
may be unnecessary to point this out, but, yes, I DID paint this myself. " Tom Robbins
In the domain of the Tomato God, many truths are True.
In a Tomato patch near you, John Paul Ziller, Plucky Purcell and Jesus Christ have reurned from their journey to the solar source as pure sunlight. The tomatoes have, on command of Vineripeus soaked them up, and created a sacrement for you to pluck and consume.
In the domain of the Tomato God, and the Goddess Mayo, Wonder Bred.