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A truly terrifying moment is when you realize that people you went to high school with are running the country. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Your planet’s immune system is trying to get rid of you. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Once there was a time when I inhaled books. It’s not that I don’t like them now, but I generally fall asleep after 3 pages (as evidenced by my abbreviated style of what I laughingly refer to as writing). But in my generally CRS state of mind, I seem to recall that I’ve probably read all of Vonnegut (maybe before 1980) – but it was all back in a previous century of high school and college. He was cool. Then I married into an Indiana family and discovered Vonnegut was from Indianapolis . . .
[This was May 1, 2011, in front of the new Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in downtown Indianapolis with Jami and the Super. I seem to recall we also visited the original museum. And, as you can see, I was an early proponent of the hoodie . . . ]
The Kurt Vonnegut Booklist
|02||The Sirens of Titan||1959||(1,6)|
|03||Canary in a Cathouse||1961||(2,4,A)|
|06||God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater||1965||(1,7)|
|07||Welcome to the Monkey House||1968||(2,4,A)|
|08||Slaughterhouse – Five||1969||(1,6,7,A)|
|09||Happy Birthday, Wanda June||1971||(3)|
|10||Between Time and Timbuktu||1972||(3)|
|11||Breakfast of Champions||1973||(1,7,8,9)|
|12||Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons||1974||(2,5)|
|20||Fates Worse Than Death||1991||(2,5)|
|21||Timequake||1997||(1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)|
|22||Bagombo Snuff Box||1999||(2, 4)|
|23||God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian||2000||(2, 3)|
|24||A Man Without A Country||2005||(2, 5, 7, 8)|
|25||Armageddon in Retrospect||2008||(2, 4, 5, 6, 8)|
|26||Look at the Birdie||2009||(2, 4, 6, 8)|
|27||While Mortals Sleep||2011||(2, 4, 8)|
|28||We Are What We Pretend To Be||2012||(2,4)|
[This, and all remaining photos, were taken inside the museum . . . ]
[Since the photos were taken in a museum, there was always a sidebar indicating what you were looking at. Thus, I am mostly freed from such undertakings . . . ]
[3rd woman from left (I heard he was into crossdressing then . . . ]
[OK, likely the young suited man in the middle above . . . ]
[The last word in Slaughterhouse Five. The sound “Poo-tee-weet” is a stand-in, a nonsensical noise made by birds that represents the fact that there is nothing intelligible that can be said about war or massacres (enotes.com).]
[Certainly descriptive of the Callecod family . . . ]
[A personal favorite – may be used as an effective emoji where appropriate . . . ]
[Unless otherwise noted, the artwork is Vonnegut’s . . . ]
[Once a moment’s gone, it’s gone forever . . . ]
[Must be some kind of hippie . . . ]
[So it goes. (How do you think it compares with the more recent, it is what it is . . . ?]
[As a soldier in WWII, he was a POW during the fire bombing of Dresden . . . ]
[An avid promoter of human kindness . . . ]
[‘Mr. Rogers’ as novelist . . . ]
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes . . .
[His writing desk was too short? I left him that message accordingly . . . ]
Unusual travel plans are dancing lessons from God . . .
We are what we pretend to be so we must be careful what we pretend to be . . .
[Jami left him a note . . . ]
[The Super perused for book club opportunities . . . ]
[Danny also left him a note . . . ]
[I think we left the bottom three . . . ]
[Brief histories, in brief . . . ]
1920: Alcohol banned in America, but not in Canada . . .
1929: The Great Depression begins. 1939: World War II begins . . .
1944: He is captured by the Germans in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge . . .
May 8, 1945: The war in Europe is over . . .
November 22, 1963: JFK is shot . . .
August 11, 1974: President Richard Nixon resigns . . .
1981: AIDS appears on the U.S. . . .
1992: Bill Clinton is elected . . .
December 9, 2000: That Supreme Court . . . elects George W. Bush . . .
March 20, 2003: President Bush invades Iraq . . .
November 11, 2010: The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is opening in Indianapolis.
1 Billion Years A.D.: The last tree on Earth dies . . .
3.5 Billion Years A.D.: The sun . . . expands into a Red Giant and envelops the Earth . . .
[The basics, pretty sure I’ve read all of them . . . ]
[I think I did get a hat?]
[Now that would be fun . . . ]
1959: Kurt Vonnegut publishes The Sirens of Titan . . .
Feb. 11, 1950: KV’s career as a fiction writer is born . . .
So it goes. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
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