Table of contents for Wild ducks flying backward : the short writings of Tom Robbins.


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INTRODUCTION
TRAVEL ARTICLES
Canyon of the Vaginas
Two In the Bush                                       7
The Eight-Story KIss                                 24
The Cannibal King Wants His Din-Din                  30
The Day the Earth Spit Warthogs                      33
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TRIBUTES
The Doors
Nurse Duffy of MTV                                   55
Joseph Campbell                                      59
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg                             61
The Genius Waitress                                  67
Ray Kroc                                             68
Jennifer Jason Leigh                                 70
Leonard Cohen                                        75
Slipper Sipping                                      77
Redheads                                             81
Alan Rudolph                                         84
Minlskirt Feminism                                   86
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The Sixties                                           92
Diane Keaton                                          97
Kissing                                              99
Shree Bhagwan Rajneesh                               103
Ruby Montana                                         108
Terence McKenna                                      112
Thomas Pynchon                                       117
Debra Winger                                         119
STORIES, POEMS, & LYRICS
Triplets                                             125
Dream of the Language Wheel                          127
Catch 28                                             129
Three Haiku                                          130
Moonlight Whoopee Cushion Sonata                     131
The Origin of Cigars                                 138
Stick Indians                                        139
Home Medicine                                        142
Clair de Lune                                        143
Aloha Nul                                            145
Are You Ready for the New Urban Fragrances?          146
Honky-Tonk Astronaut                                148
Creole Debutante                                     150
Master Bo Ling                                       151
R.S.V.P.                                             152
My Heart Is Not a Poodle                             153
West to Satori                                       155
Wild Card                                            156
Open Wide                                            158
Two for My Young Son                                 159
The Towers of St. Ignatz                            160
MUSINGS & CRITIQUES
In Defiance of Gravity                               175
Till Lunch Do Us Part                                188
What Is Art and If We Know What Art Is, What Is Politics?  198
Morris Louis: Empty and Full                          204
Lost in Translation                                   209
Leo Kenney and the Geometry of Dreaming               212
The Desire of His Object                              220
RESPONSES
Write About One of Your Favorite Things                225
How Do You Feel About America?                        228
What Do You Think Writer's Block Is and
Have You Ever Had It?                               230
With What Fictional Character Do You Most Identify?   231
Is the Writer Obligated to Use His/Her Medium
as an Instrument for Social Betterment?             233
Why Do You Live Where You Uve?                        234
What Was Your First Outdoor Adventure?                240
Do You Express Your Personal Political Opinions
in Your Novels?                                     243
How Would You Evaluate John Stelnbeck?                244
Tell Us About Your Favorite Car                       245
What Is Your Favorite Place In Nature?                247
Send Us a Souvenir From the Road                      249
What Is the Function of Metaphor?                     251
Are You a Realist?                                     253
What is the Meaning of Ufe?                            255



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