Still Life with WoodpeckerStill Life with Woodpecker



“Robbins’s comic philosophical musings reveal a flamboyant genius.”—People Still Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes.

Author: Tom Robbins

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553897942

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Page: 288

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Still Life with Woodpecker is a sort of a love story that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes. It reveals the purpose of the moon, explains the difference between criminals and outlaws, examines the conflict between social activism and romantic individualism, and paints a portrait of contemporary society that includes powerful Arabs, exiled royalty, and pregnant cheerleaders. It also deals with the problem of redheads.

Tom RobbinsTom Robbins



Still Life with Woodpecker emphasizes the individual and objects as spiritual
entities. The moon and a typewriter have soul; people recognizing this truth lead
fuller lives. They pursue their spiritual potential as individuals and recognize that
 ...

Author: Catherine Elizabeth Hoyser

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313294186

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Page: 172

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This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. This is the first book-length study of the popular novelist Tom Robbins. Whimsy and humor characterize Robbins' work, but style and language are the keystones. Hoyser and Stookey show how Robbins deftly uses style and humor to depict the absurdities and injustices of our world. His novels constantly challenge perceptions of the world that people automatically label as normal. His fiction criticizes the complacency of humans in a world becoming increasingly alienated from nature and the joy of life. In addition to a critical analysis of each of his novels, the study contains biographical material never before published and the first full-length bibliography on Robbins, including a bibliography of reviews of his fiction. The study features a biographical chapter, a chapter on context and style, and individual chapters on each of his novels, ^IAnother Roadside Attraction^R, ^IEven Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, skinny legs and all^R, and ^IHalf Asleep in Frog Pajamas^R. Each novel is analyzed for plot structure, characterization, and thematic elements. In addition, Hoyser and Stookey define and apply an alternative critical perspective from which to read each novel. The reading of each of Robbins' novels will be enriched by this perceptive study.

Still Life with VolkswagensStill Life with Volkswagens



Throughout the land VW Beetles are spontaneously combusting. Nazi skinheads are cruising the streets and a millionaire tycoon and a weather girl have been kidnapped. It falls to Barry Osgathorpe to discover who is responsible.

Author: Geoff Nicholson

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 9781468305838

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Page: 240

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Throughout the land VW Beetles are spontaneously combusting. Nazi skinheads are cruising the streets and a millionaire tycoon and a weather girl have been kidnapped. It falls to Barry Osgathorpe to discover who is responsible.

Still Life with RhetoricStill Life with Rhetoric



I was twenty years old when I first read Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom
Robbins and became fascinated with people's interactions with everyday objects.
It was not until I read Skinny Legs and All with its focus on the travels of a spoon,
a can ...

Author: Laurie Gries

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9780874219784

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Page: 336

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Winner of the 2016 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award and the 2016 CCCC Research Impact Award In Still Life with Rhetoric, Laurie Gries forges connections among new materialism, actor network theory, and rhetoric to explore how images become rhetorically active in a digitally networked, global environment. Rather than study how an already-materialized “visual text” functions within a specific context, Gries investigates how images often circulate and transform across media, genre, and location at viral rates. A four-part case study of Shepard Fairey’s now iconic Obama Hope image elucidates how images reassemble collective life as they actualize in different versions, enter into various relations, and spark a firework of activity across the globe. While intent on tracking the rhetorical life of a single, multiple image, Still Life with Rhetoric is most concerned with studying rhetoric in motion. To account for an image’s widespread circulation and emergent activities, Gries introduces iconographic tracking—a digital research method for tracing an image’s divergent rhetorical becomings. Yet Gries also articulates a dynamic set of theoretical principles for studying rhetoric as a distributed, generative, and unforeseeable event that is applicable beyond the study of visual rhetoric. With an eye toward futurity—the strands of time beyond a thing’s initial moment of production and delivery—Still Life with Rhetoric intends to be taken up by those interested in visual rhetoric, research methods, and theory.

Reading SeattleReading Seattle



Still. Life. with. Woodpecker. TOM. ROBBINS. Tom Robbins (1936– )was born in
Blowing Rock, North Carolina, but left the South and made his way to the Pacific
Northwest, as he has said, to escape the conservatism of his family. He now lives
 ...

Author: Peter Donahue

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295805559

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Page: 320

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Seattle, with its spectacular natural beauty and rough frontier history, has inspired writers from its earliest days. This anthology spans seven decades and includes fiction, memoirs, histories, and journalism that define the city or use it as a setting, imparting the flavor of the city through a literary prism. Reading Seattle features classics by Horace R. Cayton, Richard Hugo, Betty MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Murray Morgan, and John Okada as well as more recent works by Sherman Alexie, Lynda Barry, David Guterson, J. A. Jance, Jonathan Raban, and others. It includes cutting-edge work by emerging talents and reintroduces works by important Seattle writers who may have been overlooked in recent years. The writers featured in this volume explore a variety of neighborhoods and districts within the city, delineating urban spaces and painting memorable portraits of characters both historical and fictional.

Tibetan Peach PieTibetan Peach Pie



In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that ...

Author: Tom Robbins

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062267429

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Page: 384

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Internationally bestselling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins’ warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads. In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that unparalleled literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures —told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters. Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.

Conversations with Tom RobbinsConversations with Tom Robbins



This volume contains more than 20 interviews with the acclaimed author of "Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life With Woodpecker, B Is for Beer," and many other novels.

Author: Tom Robbins

Publisher: Literary Conversations

ISBN: 1604738278

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Page: 202

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This volume contains more than 20 interviews with the acclaimed author of "Another Roadside Attraction, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Still Life With Woodpecker, B Is for Beer," and many other novels.

The Iron WhimThe Iron Whim



The narrator of Tom Robbins ' s Still Life with Woodpecker faces problems similar
to Cronenberg ' s William Lee : his typewriter has a mind of its own . Still Life with
Woodpecker stages itself as the narrator ' s struggle to wrest “ the novel of [ his ] ...

Author: Darren Sean Wershler-Henry

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801445868

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Page: 331

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The Iron Whim is an intelligent, irreverent, and humorous history of writing culture and technology. It covers the early history and evolution of the typewriter as well as the various attempts over the years to change the keyboard configuration, but it is primarily about the role played by this marvel in the writer's life. Darren Wershler-Henry populates his book with figures as disparate as Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, Norman Mailer, Alger Hiss, William Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Northrop Frye, David Cronenberg, and David Letterman; the soundtrack ranges from the industrial clatter of a newsroom full of Underwoods to the more muted tapping and hum of the Selectric. Wershler-Henry casts a bemused eye on the odd history of early writing machines, important and unusual typewritten texts, the creation of On the Road, and the exploits of a typewriting cockroach named Archy, numerous monkeys, poets, and even a couple of vampires. He gathers into his narrative typewriter-related rumors and anecdotes (Henry James became so accustomed to dictating his novels to a typist that he required the sound of a randomly operated typewriter even to begin to compose). And by broadening his focus to look at typewriting as a social system as well as the typewriter as a technological form, he examines the fascinating way that the tool has actually shaped the creative process.With engaging subject matter that ranges over two hundred years of literature and culture in English, The Iron Whim builds on recent interest in books about familiar objects and taps into our nostalgia for a method of communication and composition that has all but vanished. --Johanna Drucker, Robertson Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Terrorist s CreedTerrorist s Creed



Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker, 221–2. 38. AndréBreton (1929)Second
Manifesto of Surrealism, http://alangullette.com/lit/surreal/, first accessed 13
December 2011. Robbins,StillLife withWoodpecker, 221–2. 40. Ibid., 64–5. Ibid.,
150–1.

Author: R. Griffin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137284723

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Page: 270

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Terrorist's Creed casts a penetrating beam of empathetic understanding into the disturbing and murky psychological world of fanatical violence, explaining how the fanaticism it demands stems from the profoundly human need to imbue existence with meaning and transcendence.

Headpress 23Headpress 23



Although I love Another Roadside Attraction , I think Robbins reached a sort of
peak with his next three books : Still Life with Woodpecker ( 1980 ) , Jitterbug
Perfume ( 1984 ) , and Skinny Legs and All ( 1990 ) . In 1994 he published Half
Asleep ...

Author: David Kerekes

Publisher:

ISBN: 1900486180

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Page: 187

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Made in 1972, Last House on Dead End Street is a cult obscurity inspired by the Manson murders and fuelled by the copious intake of drugs. We track down the reclusive director, Roger Watkins, and cast members.

Getting Off CleanGetting Off Clean



... why can't they just remember and use some other word? “Oh, Eric, I brought
something for you,” Phoebe says, rummaging around in her big canvas bag. “
Here it is.” She passes me a book over my shoulder. It's Still Life with
Woodpecker ...

Author: Timothy Murphy

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466886070

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Page: 322

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In Timothy Murphy's Getting Off Clean, the one thing that Eric Fitzpatrick wants is to escape--both from his family and the racially tense town in which he lives. The only son of an Italian-Irish family in a working class suburb of Boston, he intends to go away to college and leave his old life far behind. But all his plans are set askew when he meets Brooks, a mysterious, wealthy, black student at a local prep school. As their relationship grows ever deeper and more complicated, Eric must come to terms not only with his family and community, but with his warring ambitions and desires.

Wild Ducks Flying BackwardWild Ducks Flying Backward



The first ever collection of short fiction and nonfiction essays from one of the world's most beloved and original bestselling authors, WILD DUCKS FLYING BACKWARD is classic Tom Robbins - and a must for fans and newcomers alike.

Author: Tom Robbins

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 9781863254908

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Page: 255

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The first ever collection of short fiction and nonfiction essays from one of the world's most beloved and original bestselling authors, WILD DUCKS FLYING BACKWARD is classic Tom Robbins - and a must for fans and newcomers alike. A treasure trove of all new fiction, published here for the first time, and a selection of nonfiction, some in print for the first time and some not in print for decades, it ranges from tributes such as odes to redheads, kissing, Diane Keaton, Leonard Cohen and Ray Kroc - the founder of McDonald's - to musings, travel essays, and art critiques. From short stories to poems and even country song lyrics, this collection will be a rare treat for Tom's throngs of loyal fans of his unique offbeat, metaphorical style - and a perfect introduction for newcomers to his prodigious talent. With almost three million copies of his novels sold, Robbins is one of those rare novelists to approach rock-star status, attracting sellout crowds at his personal appearances in the US and abroad. He is the author of eight juicy, daring and totally original novels.

The Serpents of ParadiseThe Serpents of Paradise



A Reader Edward Abbey John Macrae. left, who had not yet served himself,
looked at the last pork chop, then at his hostess. ... I read the borrowed books. I
cough, I blow my nose, I read and finish Still Life with Woodpecker and try to
imagine ...

Author: Edward Abbey

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781466806283

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Page: 400

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This book is different from any other Edward Abbey book. It includes essays, travel pieces and fictions to reveal Ed's life directly, in his own words. The selections gathered here are arranged chronologically by incident, not by date of publication, to offer Edward Abbey's life from the time he was the boy called Ned in Home, Pennsylvania, until his death in Tucson at age 62. A short note introduces each of the four parts of the book and attempts to identify what's happening in the author's life at the time. When relevant, some details of publishing history are provided.

The Rogue AviatorThe Rogue Aviator



As the author Tom Robbins so aptly stated in his book, Still Life with Woodpecker
, “Fantasy is the deodorant in the shithouse of reality.” Ace's PGA tour aspirations
were a great example of this premise. In phase I of his preparation for the PGA ...

Author: Ace Abbott

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440156649

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Page: 188

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This improbable aviation adventure will take you on a thirty-six year journey from five-star hotels to back alleys and greasy cargo ramps. Join the author, Ace Abbott, on a roller coaster ride of an aviation career, as he transitions from hobnobbing with international icons, like Jimmy Buffett, to bartering in order to get some critical jet fuel. The author s primary source of motivation in writing his story is the desire to share a wonderful adventure with pilots of all backgrounds who have had similar careers and to inform aspiring pilots of the unique nuances of an aviation career. Twenty-five employers later, you will get to ride on Ace's final flight in a 727 while you gain insight into the potential catastrophe of a pilot s brief but potentially fatal inattention. This aviation exposé will introduce the reader to aspects of aviation never before seen from the previously unexplored dark side of commercial aviation. The secondary theme of this book is very relevant to the current front and center news topic of aviation safety. Included in The Rogue Aviator is an insider s look at commercial aviation and the FAA. With today s focus on aviation safety and the role of the FAA to insure our safety in the air, the author addresses his thoughts on these vital areas.

Updating the Literary WestUpdating the Literary West



In subsequent works, like Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976), Still Life with
Woodpecker (1980), and Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas (1994), Robbins turned
out pun-filled sentences that twisted and tumbled like gymnasts on the mat.

Author: Western Literature Association (U.S.)

Publisher: TCU Press

ISBN: 0875651755

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Page: 1031

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Given in honor of District Governor Hugh Summers and Mrs. Ahnise Summers by the Rotary Club of Aggieland with matching support from the Sara and John H. Lindsey '44 Fund, Texas A & M University Press, 2004.

Beyond the WallBeyond the Wall



So I borrow a paperback from Maureen—something called Still Life with
Woodpecker? Yes, that appears to be the title. I glance at the blurbs, the
summary on the back cover. “You didn't bring anything for grown-ups?” She has
not.

Author: Edward Abbey

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781466806405

Category:

Page: 224

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In this wise and lyrical book about landscapes of the desert and the mind, Edward Abbey guides us beyond the wall of the city and asphalt belting of superhighways to special pockets of wilderness that stretch from the interior of Alaska to the dry lands of Mexico.

Fodor s Maui 2014Fodor s Maui 2014



Still, Lahaina has a nostalgic charm, especially early in the morning before the
streets have filled with visitors and ... Fans of author Tom Robbins will recognize
the Pioneer Inn as one of the settings in his novel Still Life with Woodpecker.

Author: Fodor's

Publisher: Fodor's Travel

ISBN: 9780770432140

Category:

Page: 348

View: 349

Every year Maui makes and often tops travelers' lists of the best islands in the world, and it's not just because of the great resorts and golf courses. Perfect beaches, green rain forests, and dramatic cliffs, along with spectacular marine life and rich Hawaiian culture, make Maui irresistible. EXPANDED COVERAGE: New restaurant listings highlight the best local favorites as well as top resort restaurants. Also included are the latest updates on nearby Lanai, now owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, who plans to make the island a model of sustainability. INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: It's easy to plan a vacation for any interest using the book's Top Experiences and Great Itineraries sections; best bets for restaurants and lodgings; water-activities comparison chart; top beaches list; and tips for families and for weddings and honeymoons. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Maui ebook edition offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS: Our experts' hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their Maui stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.

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Tom Robbins I Ix u is NOVELS ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION ( 1971 ) ,
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues ( 1976 ) , Still Life with Woodpecker ( 1980 ) ,
Jitterbug Perfume ( 1984 ) , Skinny Legs and All ( 1990 ) and Half Asleep in Frog
 ...

Author:

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295802545

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Page:

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Celebrates Pacific Northwest literature through interviews in which 22 authors discuss their work and the region's influence on it. Authors include Ursula Le Guin, Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher, Tom Robbins, Gary Snyder, and Denise Levertov. Two interviews have been added since the publication of