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Quote:I will feel better tonight when I sit down an empty glass in Kurt Vonnegut's honor.
Wow! I must admire Kurt Vonnegut Jr. more than I thought.
I sat down an empty bottle in his honor. Wow!
In vino veritas.
About two years after Breakfast of Champions there appeared on the bookstore shelves a tome entitled Venus on the Halfshell by one Kilgore Trout, the name of the writer/protagonist in Breakfast of Champions. It was very Vonnegutian, written in his style, with his humor, et al. Though he never fessed up to it I always contended it was Vonnegut's most delicious lark. In fact, I'm not sure he really denied it either. I'm hoping that maybe there's some posthumous decree that will admit to his authorship on this. But maybe not...maybe he just wanted to leave it alone. Anybody know anything more about this very enticing situation? Venus was a fun and intriguing read, BTW.
Last edited by WhitmanO'Neill; 04/24/07 12:14 AM.
Venus was a fun and intriguing read, BTW.
When I bought the paperback way back in Bicentennial America, I, too, thought it was written by Vonnegut, and, it wasn't until a few years later that I found out (from a friend) that it was actually written by another of my favorite science fiction authors, Philip Josť Farmer. Just recently I bought the two issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in which it was first published. I loved the lurid artwork on the cover.
Ceci n'est pas un seing.
Originally Posted By: FaldageIn vino veritas.
Sometimes, Faldage, but not often. I do my best lying when I'm drunk.
But I'm glad you made your amusing point because therein lies the literary pivot that kept Vonnegut out of the company of literary giants. Namely, that the actions of people are the results of a complex of multiple urges and not just a from a single structured concept.
My post about setting down an empty bottle was made because...
(1) After reflection I felt that I had understated my admiration for Vonnegut.
(2) I wanted to keep his memorial thread going in hopes that others would post their thoughts about Vonnegut.
(3) I wanted to amuse and abet those who think I drink (I do, but not nearly enough).
But Kurt, God Bless Him, built his plots around simple minded people who were about as complex as a brick.
No matter, he made me laugh and his outre outlook framed many of my own outre thoughts.
Last edited by themilum; 04/25/07 08:15 AM.
Philip Josť Farmer Ooh, Hubby and I both loved him! I'll have to try and find Venus on the Halfshell.
Originally Posted By: themilumI do my best lying when I'm drunk.
Some of the most profound truths are told with lies and some of the best lying is done by telling the truth.
Originally Posted By: Faldage
Some of the most profound truths are told with lies
some of the best lying is done by telling the truth.
...and does eat oats and goats eat oats and little lambs eat ivy, a kid'll eat ivy too wouldn't you?.
Last edited by themilum; 04/25/07 11:00 AM.
That's "mares eat oats and does eat oats ...", Milo. Don't you know nothin' you liddle lamsy divey?
But what does all that have to do with a wooden shoe?
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