Sounds like an interesting book, Anhedonia. re Woodpecker - I don't remember anything about it except for a vague memory about the cover.
... Just pulled this off amazon:
"Punta del Visionario* before the revolution. Tonight I'll pull the cork. I'll inject 10cc into a ripe lime, the way the natives do. I'll suck. And begin.
If this typewriter can't do it, I'll swear it can't be done."
(*end of the visionary?)
Oh yeah, I remember reading 'Even Cowgirls Get the Blues' that was kind of 80's folksy/absurdist I think.
Have you read 'The Crying of Lot 49' by Thomas Pynchon, or After Many a Summer by Aldous Huxley? Both spring to mind as absurdist.
I bought Fight Club the other day but haven't got around to reading it yet; saw the movie. Nothing like getting the shit kicked out of you for fun. lol
This is another sort of American yuppie gets his oats type book 'Electroboy' by Andy Behrman - scatty but touching autobigraphy.
I'm currently raking through the embers of the ancients - Greek style with Herodotus and Thucydides, drawing comparisons between realpolitiks then and now...
“Haste and anger – the two greatest obstacles to wise counsel. Haste, that usually goes with folly; anger, that is the mark of primitive and narrow minds. And anyone that maintains that words cannot be a guide to action must be either a fool or one with some personal interest at stake; he is a fool, if he imagines that it is possible to deal with the uncertainties of the future by any other medium, and he is personally interested if his aim is to persuade you into some disgraceful action, and, knowing that he cannot make a good speech in a bad cause, he tries to frighten his opponents and his hearers by some good-sized pieces of misrepresentation.”
from Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War. Book 3 (The Mytilenian Debate) translated by Rex Warner 1954.
Also reading 'Gardens of the Moon' by Steven Erickson.