My student's father recommended the book to him. And that is pretty cool as well, for Robbins is certainly edgy and downright inappropriate at times. Not that a senior in high school shouldn't be able to handle it - but many probably aren't ready. Despite that, Robbins is worth the time for avid readers because of all the ways he challenges convention. I love explaining to students the unique approach Robbins takes to composition. It truly captures the idea of writing as "craft." As teachers of writing, consider sharing some of the magic of Robbins with writers:
Tracy Robbins for Salon.com
Timothy Egan for the New York Times - on "perfect sentences in an imperfect world."
Alan Rinzler of The Book Deal - with Robbins' advice to writers.