Today is Tom Robbins 77th birthday! Hard to believe that the wild and wacky author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues has reached septuagenarian status. For me, reading Robbins’ 1971 novel Another Roadside Attraction was a revelation about what a novel could do and what it could be. Thank you, Tom, for opening up our minds and inspiring us with your imagination. 

“Often the things that pop out of my typewriter regale me, especially when I am trying to say something else and in a different way only to have a kind of metamorphosis take place during the act of typing and — ­whammo! — a concept I hadn’t counted on is strutting its vaudeville on the page.”  TOM ROBBINS, ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

Photo: Tom Robbins at home in LaConner, Washington, by Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED