Why 100?

Last year I set out to read 100 books, but I ran out of time and only read 75. So this year, I will read one hundred books. And you're my witness :) The only thing stopping me this year is 9 seasons' worth of Seinfeld episodes- wish me luck!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

37. the 70s were an interesting to time for fiction and thumbs

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins was um, interesting, to say the least.  how else to describe a 400 page paperback involving a giant-thumbed hitchhiker who does side modeling jobs for a douche-manufacturer named "the Countess" (a male), who is obsessed with her 1//16th indian roots, so she marries a native american artist who is anything BUT native american, so she heads to an all-girl ranch funded by the douche company countess and becomes bisexual with all the crazy lesbian, cow-roping cowgirls, who introduce her to a japanese american known as the "Chink" who has associated himself with the "clock people" indians who believe that earthquakes are going to be the end of time and therefore their salvation, meanwhile the chink waits on a plateau over the lesbian douche ranch while they ensnare and endangered flock of whooping cranes by feeding them feed mixed with peyote buttons, thus throwing the country into a frenzy and leading to a shoot out and an altered flight pattern in the previously never unchanged flight pattern of the endangered whooping crane.  HUH???  I know, it's all very confusing, and mildly sexually explicit but interesting to say the least, as i have previously stated in this blog entry.  while the plot line was um, sometimes a little odd, mr robbins' does think up some strange but wonderful ideas about time and words and how the brain strings things together.  There are two pages that pay their undivided attention to how the thumb holds power over the rest of the body simply because it says it is greater than the thumb, for example, but how does the thumb know it is greater?  it relies on the b rain to tell it..... conundrums.  also, there are a few pages that examine the way sentences work and why they are prone to far less creativity than we allow them.  the one that sticks out is, "this sentence is pregnant because this sentence missed her period"  think about that.  swallow it a little- it's funny.  it's poignant.  its kind of "what?  that doesnt make sense" until it does make sense.  anywaythe whole book was of this shit.  great but what?

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