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/stands and applauds/


Drifgtlass has recommended Player Piano on his podcast often. I've read the Welcome To The Monkey House collection, Deadeye Dick, Cat's Cradle, and I started Slaughterhouse Five but didn't finish it. Not yet anyway. It seemed quite unlike the other stories of his I had read in tone. Do I remember it right that General Forge and Foundry is the setting for Deer In The Works in the Monkey House collection? Vonnegut uses overpopulation as a theme in the story Welcome To The Monkey House, and another in that book where anti aging drugs have huge extended families crowded into apartments. Deadeye Dick is my favorite of what I have read. Parts of it are really funny. And it's the perfect retort to libertarian lizards who read Harrison Bergernon in eighth grade and think he is on of them. And I often quote the closing line: The Dark Ages never ended. This is still a Dark Age.


Getting unstuck must be catching.

Just last night, I was telling a friend how much I enjoyed reading through the complete Hardy Boys series my parents bought for me when I was very young.

Then, this morning, I received another one of Amazon's stalker-style e-mails reminding me that there may be one or two books about Kurt Vonnegut I haven't yet purchased. I took this as an invitation to pull my copy of A Man Without A Country off the shelf. I flipped it open to page fifty-four, which reminded me that: "We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."

Inspired to ignore the demands of my To Do List and "fart around" with renewed vigor, I decided to visit a few sites I've been neglecting, including this one. Once again, I'm drawn back to Kurt and Franklin W. Dixon.

Always a joy to read your posts, Lance. In the words of Uncle Alex, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."

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