"nothing that hasn’t been done already." Is my world radical different from those ofCarlos Castaneda, in his best selling novels? Are my comic overtures any different fromthose of Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore, or Douglass Adams? Are my ideas anystranger then Burroughs’
or my hero’s gifts any different from
And if I take five years to write something, and another five to perfect it,isn't that the same amount of time "Gone with the Wind" took? Perhaps I shouldreminisce, like the Grateful Dead, on
what a long strange trip it’s been
. Then one day Iwoke up, and in a flash of enlightenment, remarked: "That's it. I need to share this,but it needs to be aged a bit – like a fine wine, with a distinctive taste, and an expensiveprice tag."
Since antiquity, Indian epics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana have concernedthemselves with spiritual heroes overcoming the forces of demons and darkness. Buthas such a hero sung karaoke at Rosa’s cantina, rescued pets from a brothel, read
in a chicken coop, judged a hot pepper eating contest, become a rodeo clown,participated in a bull fight, attended a Stooge convention, or rode a mule named Sparky?If such a hero were transported to contemporary Mexican pop culture, the tale mightunfold like a cosmic comic book.Fulfilling such a role, Adrian Albright – shaman, hack writer, and Aikido master – ismarried to psychologist Ann Cutter, with a year having passed since the events in