Enter a night of "cow tripping" (a particularly Santa Cruz take on the time-honored aggie tradition of cow tipping, which adds the steps of first searching for [among the cow flops] and then ingesting psilocybin mushrooms, before actually tipping the unsuspecting bovines), during which Willie finds an oversized specimen of hallucinogenic 'shroom and has a vision of his namesake as an 18 year old schoolmaster. As the novel unfolds Willie's story--drug running, DEA agent evading, Renaissance Faire attending--is alternated with William's (Shakespeare, that is), with some zany, hallucinogenic overlapping.
The book is deftly written, loaded with lots of zesty, lusty, joyful wordplay. The story is clever, fun, and always interesting. I look forward to Jess Winfield's next book.
Reading now: The Butt by Will Self