I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

Dali, by being dali, was in himself a revolution of one man, a tsunami of
pure inhibited strangeness
and peculiar mannerism.  Dali created himself in his own image.

     
 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  
 
Tom Robbins - Still life & Skinny legs

 

Those people who recognize that imagination is reality’s master, we call “sages,” and those who act upon it, we call “artists.”
 

Tom Robbins books are always fun to read. Smart , energetic, great stories so unreal they seem they are being plucked out of thin air, eloquent language that leaves you wanting for more and the most important thing – they have this internal logic which Is usually hilarious but feels so plausible it almost doesn’t feel like a fantasy, a fable, a story.

 
There are three mental states that interest me", said Amanda, turning to the lizard doorknob. They are: one, amnesia; two euphoria; three ecstasy."
 

The fact he was a good friend of Terrence McKenna, the famous mushroom swallowing alter consciousness  professor slash prophet  explains a lot of his plots or at least some of the more deranges subplots which were more spiritual than anything else. If that is not enough, another one of his friends was timothy Leary who was also the inspiration to one of the characters in my second favorite Robbins book 'jitterbug perfume'.

 
I journey to the east, where I have been told, there are men who have taught death some manners."
 

Now this next paragraph I am just copying and pasting here, from his official biography, as I want to make sure you will not think that I have lost my mind and am hallucinating, so here it is word by word : For eight years, Robbins was an enthusiastic participant in Seattle's SPAM carving competition, serving as judge. He has also hosted an annual mayonnaise tasting.
I don’t know what does that say about him, but it must say something. Right?

I often use the word bizarre when I talk about authors from that niche of semi fantastic realism, but in the case of Robbins it will not be the right word. No, bizarre will be too heavy of a word. No, he was just weird. A really strange guy telling stories from his version of reality, without even noticing he is weird. And that, is nothing less than charming, and makes his books so much more delightful to read.

 

It's never too late to have a happy childhood

 

I have already said the 'Jitterbug perfum' was my second favorite Robbins book, and the favorite can not be any other then 'still life with a woodpecker'. I have many friends who join me in the adoration of this book, this masterpiece of silliness wraped in self help spirituality and an adventure slash romance love story between a princess and a terrorist. Add to the mix the enigmatic camel pack and you got the perfect intelligent light reading for your college years.

 
Of course I'm inconsistent! Only logicians and cretins are consistent!
 

Most of his later career was in writing articles to the most prestigious magazines, and sometimes it feels like this is his natural place.Tom robbins was never a great novelist, he wasn’t a genius or a pioneer. But boy, did he write some entertaining , sometimes thought provoking books.

If you are in your twenties and still haven’t had the pleasure, make sure you pick one of his works before you grow up and lose the ability to enjoy them.

 

"You have taught us much.
Come with us and join the movement."
"This movement of yours,
does it have slogans?" inquired the Chink.
"Right on!" they cried.
And they quoted him some.
"Your movement, does it have a flag?"
asked the Chink.
"You bet!" and they described their emblem.
"And does your movement have leaders?"
"Great leaders."
"Then shove it up your butts,"said the Chink.
"I have taught you nothing."