even cowgirls get the blues

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By Jenwren on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 04:08 am:

    i really liked this book a lot. i am semi in love with tom robbins, after reading this and another roadside attraction. anyway has anyone seen the movie for this book? i read on wiki that it was a bomb, but it had uma thurman and river phoenix. i'm gonna try and find it tomorrow.

    sidenote, i caught a bad cold and somehow fucking fractured my rib from coughing. this is bullshit.

By Semillama on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 01:09 pm:

    I think Tom Robbins may be one of those authors whose works just can't be translated to film, like Douglas Adams.

By Spider on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 03:20 pm:

    A friend of mine broke her rib from coughing a couple of years ago. It took her over a month to heal.

    She thought it was bullshit, too. :)

    Two other friends of mine were in a car accident and broke their ribs three years ago, and one of them was tortured for a couple of months with the feeling of itching inside of her bones, where the bones were knitting together. The other one re-split her ribs after a coughing fit nearly two months after the accident. But she had broken three ribs in two places each, like this:


    ...so there were portions of her ribs "floating," if you will, in her rib cage, making re-fracture a likely occurance.

By Spider on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 03:20 pm:

    I don't know why I'm telling you this. Feel better!

By beta on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 04:45 pm:

    I just finished (and will recommend) *Wild Ducks Flying Backward* - I dug the entire book, but would have bought it for the essay on transcendental absurdity alone.

By jack on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 07:27 pm:

    am i remembering correctly that "still life with woodpecker" is generally the favorite?

    very possible that i am misremembering.

By wisper on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 09:19 pm:

    You know what's also rib-related bullshit? Costochondritis. Which i've had twice in the last year and probably will be getting on and off forever now.
    If you look up the symptoms, med pages basically tell you (to paraphrase): "If you're reading this and you have these symptoms, you either have costochondritis or you're having a heart attack. Only a doctor can tell so STOP READING THIS PAGE AND GO TO THE ER RIGHT NOW".
    Oh my it's fun. Your ribcage and sternum cartilage gets inflamed and swells, making it feel like your chest is going to explode. They don't know why it happens or how to stop it. Oh, and it's perfectly harmless except that it feels like a heart attack 24/7 for a few weeks at a time :(
    Internets tell me that the majority of people who phone 911 or show up at ERs thinking they're having a heart attack actually have this, it's so common.
    Got a handful of Tylenol 3 for my troubles last time though. Good times.


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