Books: Faded Jeans SKINNY LEGS AND ALL by Tom Robbins

Bantam; 422 pages; $19.95

SKINNY LEGS AND ALL by Tom Robbins

Bantam; 422 pages; $19.95

Really superior flapdoodle is hard to find, and nobody wrote it better, a couple of decades ago, than Tom Robbins. His rowdy novels Still Life with Woodpecker, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Another Roadside Attraction were cheerful, raunchy, anti-Establishment rambunctions. Their woozy aesthetic principle was that of Jack Kerouac and Richard Brautigan: Keep typing, Cowboy; brilliance may be just around the corner. And sometimes -- look what I found! -- it was.

Well, shucks. It's been a long time since we all bought our jeans blue and faded them...

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