Even 0-fers Get the Blues

In honor of Sam Anderson’s “I never liked you” review of the new Thomas Pynchon novel (a book I’m uninterested in reading), which is based in the wonderful world of 1970, this week’s 0-fer is . . . Tom Robbins!

I’ve never read a word of any of Robbins’ novels, even though he was the go-to suggestion in my early college years whenever I’d mention that I was a fan of Pynchon’s work.

In later college years, Don DeLillo was the go-to suggestion. Sadly, I have read some books by him. I’m sure David Foster Wallace took the “If you like Pynchon, you’ll like . . .” role later in the ’90s. I have no idea who it is now.

2 Replies to “Even 0-fers Get the Blues”

  1. I twice got about 50 pages into “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” … and both times lost interest. No, love of Pynchon has nothing whatsoever to do with Tom Robbins. Maybe Douglas Adams …


  2. Tom Robbins : Thomas Pynchon :: Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” : Eco’s “Foucault’s Pendulum.” Further, if you’ve read one Robbins book, you’ve read them all.

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