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15 things–Vonnegut Part Deux
June 17, 2007, 5:05 pm
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“15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will”

A.V Club, April 23, 2007
by Scott Gordon, Josh Modell, Noel Murray, Sean O’Neal, Tasha Robinson, Kyle Ryan

Enjoy:

http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/15_things_kurt_vonnegut_said



Miss Kurt Vonnegut? Me too.
June 14, 2007, 3:01 pm
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I had the good fortune of discovering this article today, written several years ago by the late great Kurt Vonnegut. Needless to say, his words reminded me of just how perceptive, bold and amazing he was (and not just because he flatters the librarian). His courageous voice will be sorely missed.

“So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

Read the whole article here:

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/i_love_you_madame_librarian/)

This NYTimes ode to/review of Vonnegut by film critic A.O. Scott says it all…

“His liberalism grows out of some principles that can only be called conservative, like the belief in community and extended family that has become one of the big themes of his later work. He remains unimpressed by technology or the other trappings of progress, and he remains one of America’s leading critics of evolution – not of the theory, mind you, but of the practice, which has left us far too clever and vain for our own good. “

http://movies2.nytimes.com/2005/10/09/books/review/09scott.html?ex=1181966400&en=e91e818fa1ee464a&ei=5070

Book of the Week: A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut


Though I haven’t read this one yet–I hope to very soon! Composed of very brief essays, many of them previously published in the on-line journal “In These Times,” Vonnegut displays his biting wit, and unabashed criticism of the state of the American government and society in general.

Read more reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/081297736X/ref=dp_proddesc_0/103-2849106-7334257?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

RIP Kurt Vonnegut!



It has been too long!
June 6, 2007, 8:38 pm
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I apologize to all of my readers (the few of you) for having taken such a long break from posting! I vow to never again neglect my blog for longer than 1 week!

My new favorite web-site…

http://scout.wisc.edu/index.php

Tired of your web-surfing routine? Does your hand automatically gravitate to the same web-sites day after day after day (New York Times, Salon, CNN, Perez Hilton). Wanna find something new and unique? Well, stop browsing on auto-pilot! Inject some life into your surfing mojo! Check out the Scout Report!

The Wall Street Journal sums it up nicely…

“Most of us visit the same old Web sites day after day; Here’s how to get out of your rut. If you’re like most people, it’s probably not very many. Time is limited, the Web is vast — and the handful of Web sites you visit regularly seem just fine. But know this: Your lack of Web adventure means you’re missing out on a wealth of information, knowledge and whimsy online. And to find it, you must have to know whom to ask. One of the best is the Internet Scout Report (Scout.cs.Wisc.edu), a project of the computer-sciences department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Since 1994, the report has published a weekly listing of sites of interest to researchers and educators in the U.S.”

To “researchers” and “educators,” I would add anyone with some curiosity and a desire to expand their web horizons! Set up newsletter style, issues come out every week with recommendations under the categories: general interest, education and research, and in the news. You can keyword search the archives or browse the back issues!

Here are some cool sites I’m glad I know about but never would have found on my own: (Thanks Scout Report!)

http://www.soundjunction.org/

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Special-Programs/SP-287Spring-2006/CourseHome/index.htm

http://www.presentersuniversity.com/

Here’s to happier surfing Big Kahuna!