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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Bad News/Good News

The bad news is the Kurt Vonnegut has passed away. The good news is that never having read any of his books, I still have plenty of time to get to know him. I know, I know. I'm a bad person. I'm not well-read. I'm ignorant. My literary education is lacking. I've always been overwhelmed by the many Vonnegut choices I had to read, and for some reason, he was never assigned in any of the 10 million English lit and theory courses I took in college. So, perhaps one of my more Vonnegut-savvy readers can recommend a good book for me to start with.

Despite that, one of my very favorite jokes ever comes from Vonnegut. It embodies what Salon.com columnist Andrew Leonard described as V's tendency to mix "bleak pessimism with avuncular warmth.".\ Here goes.

The bad news is that the aliens have finally landed.
The good news is that they eat homeless people and pee oil.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Matt said...

Slaughterhouse Five

2:46 PM  
Blogger LuLu said...

Hahaha. I'll never forget when you told me that joke. You were laughing and could barely get through it. It's a great one.

4:59 PM  
Blogger The View from Dupont said...

Don't start with Slaughterhouse-Five. It's amazing, yes, but also his most over-rated work. Try Cat's Cradle for something quick (that has been known to also change lives and it's hilarious and a great example of his style to boot), Welcome to the Monkeyhouse for a good variety, or Man Without a Country for his non-fiction.

7:09 PM  

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