Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tom Robbins' 'Tibetan Peach Pie' is a fun book

Tom Robbins

I just finished reading (as an audiobook on my phone) Tibetan Peach Pie, a memoir in the form of anecdotes by Tom Robbins. It's a delightful book with amusing, insightful stories, and also of associational interest for people who read this blog: Robbins is a Robert Anton Wilson fan.  There is a friendly reference to RAW in the book (in the midst of a section about Timothy Leary, who Robbins also likes.) There is even a mention of Robert Temple's Sirius Mystery, which also plays a role in one of Robbins' novels, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, which I haven't read. 

1 comment:

michael said...

In _Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas_ RAW is on the faculty (along with many other of our favorite shamans) at Timbuktu University.

Perhaps the main riff in _Tibetan Peach Pie_ is that the Irishmen RAW, Kesey, and Leary are "ironically loquacious luminaries." And thus influential on TR. RAW told me he encouraged TR not to fall into the fashionable cult of negativity. Robbins never did. For a long time TR's birthdate was given (in reference sources like _Contemporary Authors_ as 1936, making him 4 years younger than RAW; but TR has corrected that error and told us he was born in 1932, the same year as RAW.

I like that bonus track on _Maybe Logic_ where TR gets interviewed and talks about reading Finnegans Wake before bed. He's only up to page 32 (or whatever) but it gives him weird dreams. Something like that.