Eight cassettes, approx. 12 hours Performance by Keith Szarabajka InFierce Invalids Home From Hot Climatesthe wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. Switters is a contradiction for all seasons: an anarchist who works for the government; a pacifist who carries a gun; a vegetarian who sobs up ham gravy; a cyberwiz who hates computers; a robust bon vivant who can be as squeamish as any fop; a man who, though obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching to deflower his high-school-age stepsister (only to become equally enamored of a nun ten years his senior). Yet there's nothing remotely wishy-washy about Switters. He doesn't merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. Robbins has said that throughout the writing ofFierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, he was guided by the advice of Julia Child: "Learn to handle hot things. Keep your knives sharp. Above all have a good time." Perhaps that is why he has managed to write a provocative, rascally novel that takes no prisoners-and yet is upbeat, romantic, meaningful, adventurous, edifying, and fun.