Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues



The Pequod Review:

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is probably Tom Robbins’s best book, a western road novel about a Virginia-born model whose oversized thumbs lead her to become a successful hitchhiker. Robbins’s short and episodic chapters may not add up to a great novel, but they are nonetheless full of entertaining digressions and asides:

Disorder is inherent in stability. Civilized man doesn't understand stability. He's confused it with rigidity. Our political and economic and social leaders drool about stability constantly. It's their favorite word, next to “power.”

“Gotta stabilize the political situation in Southeast Asia, gotta stabilize oil production and consumption, gotta stabilize student opposition to the government” and so forth.

Stabilization to them means order, uniformity, control. And that's a half-witted and potentially genocidal misconception. No matter how thoroughly they control a system, disorder invariably leaks into it. Then the managers panic, rush to plug the leak and endeavor to tighten the controls. Therefore, totalitarianism grows in viciousness and scope. And the blind pity is, rigidity isn't the same as stability at all.

True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.