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mark a rayner: The tyranny of freedom

  From Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard, 1987.  

mark a rayner: You tell ’em Kurt

I post this quote for no particular reason. It’s from his collection, Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons. Alltop has some insanely fun links.

mark a rayner: Quote: Vonnegut on reviewers

Originally appears in “The War Between Writers and Reviewers,” by Thomas Flemming in the NYT, 1985. Alltop loves a good bad review.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The purpose of life: a quote

Unless you’re a robot, in which case it is to destroy all humans. Alltop is the kind of robot that wants to entertain all humans. Original photo by Joe Parks on Flickr.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Kurt Vonnegut’s one rule

Love this quote. (via MonkeyJoys) Alltop is a humor baby.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Taking a moment to enjoy a thrill

Sorry to distract you from the usual nonsense around here, but I thought I’d share this screenshot from Amazon last night. As you can see, The Fridgularity is nestled between two Kurt Vonnegut books in bestselling satire. This is exciting, … Continue reading →

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. ~Kurt Vonnegut      

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: An unwavering band of light

One of my favourite quotes from Breakfast of Champions: His situation, insofar as he was a machine, was complex, tragic and laughable. But the sacred part of him, his awareness, remained an unwavering band of light. And this book is … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Death of a humanist

It’s hard to process the idea that Kurt Vonnegut died last night. He wasn’t immortal — at least in the “not dying” sense — but it felt like the world was a better place knowing he was still in it. … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Why Everyone Should Read Cat’s Cradle

“Now I will destroy the whole world.” – What Bokonists say when they commit suicide, Cat’s Cradle, Chapter 106 You’d think a story about the end of the world – not just the world of one person, or human civilization, … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Kurt Vonnegut on the shape of stories

The lecture goes on, but unfortunately the video doesn’t; this is too bad, because then Vonnegut describes Kafka’s The Metamorphosis: Poor old Gregor Samsa. Not only does he start really low on the GI-axis (good fortune, ill fortune), he turns … Continue reading →

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