Sep 032014

Kurt Vonnegut.
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Hard for me to believe I have never read this book – so it goes.

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Book Info

    Slaughterhouse-Five: The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death
    by Kurt Vonnegut
    Publisher: Delacourt
    Published: 03/31/1969
    ISBN-10: 0440180295
    ISBN-13: 978-0440180296
    Started: 08/31/2014
    Source: Library
    Reason: NYT Top 100 List
    Format: Audiobook

    Publisher Synopsis

    Slaughterhous-Five is one of  the world’s great anti-war books. Centering on the  infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s  odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey  of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning  in what we are afraid to know

    Author Info
    Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and since then he has written many novels, among them: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You Mr Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House; a collection of short stories (1968), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976), Jailbird (1979), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1988) and Hocus Pocus (1990). During the Second World War he was held prisoner in Germany and was present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience which provided the setting for his most famous work to date, Slaughterhouse Five (1969). He has also published a volume of autobiography entitled Palm Sunday (1981) and a collection of essays and speeches, Fates Worse Than Death (1991).

    Jul 062014

    Zoltan Istvan

    I was surprised yesterday when I saw a notice that @Zoltan_Istvan was following me on Twitter.

    What surprised me is that he has 14,000 followers and is only following 4,000 people. Somehow I ended up on his follow list. I might just have to find the book so I can read it, though it does not appear to be at any of the libraries.

    My Social Media Links: Facebook; Google+; Twitter;
    Jul 012014

    For those who want to listen again to the “Love Poem” that Geoff & Amber had at their wedding:

    The Day the Saucers Came

    by Neil Gaiman

    That Day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
    Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
    And the people of Earth stood and
    stared as they descended,
    Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find out what waited inside for us
    And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
    But you didn’t notice it because

    That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
    Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
    And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
    or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
    Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
    But you did not notice this because

    On the saucer day, which was zombie day, it was
    Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
    A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
    All bigger than the mind could hold,
    and the cameraman could
    Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
    But you did not see them coming because

    On the saucer-zombie-battling-gods
    day the floodgates broke
    And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
    Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
    And charm and cleverness and true
    brave hearts and pots of gold
    While giants feefofummed across
    the land and killer bees,
    But you had no idea of any of this because

    That day, the saucer day, the zombie day
    The Ragnarok and fairies day,
    the day the great winds came
    And snows and the cities turned to crystal, the day
    All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
    Computers turned, the screens telling
    us we would obey, the day
    Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
    And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
    Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
    The fluttering capes and arrival of
    the Time Machine day,
    You didn’t notice any of this because
    you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
    not even reading, not really, just
    looking at your telephone,
    wondering if I was going to call.