He hasn't been gone all that long. Of course he isn't gone, yet he is gone. He has always been alive and he will always be dead.I miss Kurt Vonnegut.
He hasn't been gone all that long. Of course he isn't gone, yet he is gone. He has always been alive and he will always be dead. So it goes.
Slaughterhouse-five is next to impossible to explain, let alone review, but here I am. And here I go.
What is it about?
It's about war. It's about love and hate. It's about post traumatic stress. It's about sanity and insanity. It's about aliens (not the illegal kind, the spacey kind). It's about life. It's about death. so it goes.
"That's one thing Earthlings might learn to do, if they tried hard enough: Ignore the awful times and concentrate on the good ones."
This is how I live my life. This is how I get through the day. Most days I am successful, some days I'm not. Today is one of the "not" days. Like so many Americans these days, I feel I'm in a rut. Like so many Americans I don't understand why I am where I am. This was not the plan. This was not what I had in mind......
Oh poor me....boo hoo.
This book. This book got me thinking. So much about life sucks, true, but not many of us want to give up on it that easy. Why? because of the "good ones". And what makes "good ones" is our ability to create and enjoy creating.....at least I think so.
"Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE." — Joss Whedon
If you make something, a painting, a poem, a novel, a good meal, a person.....you continue to live even after death. I think that's what Mr. Vonnegut was getting at. Maybe.
At least that is how he has remained alive for me. ...more
Today SCOTUS did the abysmal act of allowing Hobby Lobby to break the LAW and deny women contraception because of tYeah,what she said!
Today SCOTUS did the abysmal act of allowing Hobby Lobby to break the LAW and deny women contraception because of their religious obejections.....Welcome to Theocracy Americans. Tea Party, Taliban, Taliban, Tea Party. Who can tell the difference?
Give me a fucking break! Soooo much bullshit here people.
1. Contraception is not mentioned in the bible. So, how can this be a religious objection?
2. Women's contraception will not be covered, but Viagra and vasectomies get a pass....hmmm. Something is rotten in isle three right next to the crucifixes manufactured in China, where abortions are state funded and mandated. Hobby Lobby has no issue in supporting THAT with their dolla bills.
3. Slipperiest of slopes. Who's to stop any corporation/employer from denying health care to anyone with this excuse?? Anyone familiar with Christian Scientists....anyone?
4. Um....these women are paying premiums for this healthcare, not Hobby Lobby, so I don't get what the fuck H.L. is pissed about paying for, WHEN THEY ARE NOT PAYING FOR IT!
5. Birth control pills are not only prescribed to control birth, it is also a medication. Morons.
6. What is wrong with controlling birth anyway? There are 7 billion people on this planet. That's plenty. More than half of those people suck.
7. The best way to avoid abortions is by birth control being plentiful....I've met a few women we should pay to take it.
Today we have moved one step closer to the world Margaret Atwood created in The Handmaid's Tale. A very sad day. I await the trolls.
Now we return to our regularly scheduled rant review.....
WARNING: This review is being written after I worked a 13 hour day, with another one on the horizon tomorrow, and a glass of wine and while watching the Rachel Maddow show. Current events have put this book on the forefront of my mind, and damn it I got to get this out.
I have never written a review on The Handmaid's Tale because I love the book, and it is so hard to write about a book you love.
Ehh, what the hell.
OfFred was a normal everyday woman with a career, a name, a life like all women have come to expect and take for granted in this age. When the Religious Right came into power, they began to put into practice their insane beliefs which strip women of their identity, their rights, their body, their very name. Women are to be called Of(whatever asshat they belong to), instead of, say Beatrix. Reproduction is an issue because all the toxins in the environment have rendered many women infertile. But if you are fertile, woe to you, you get to be a baby factory against your will, get promised to some jerk you don’t love or even like because someone deemed him important enough to breed. Oh, come on!
This book was written in 1986, FYI. I thought it was scary and sort of possible when I first read it, but farfetched. This could NEVER happen in the United States of America. Never would it be allowed to happen here, we are too educated.
I turn on the news (in twothousandandfrikntwelve) and certain religious factions on the right are trying to defund Planned Parenthood, because they perform abortions which is only 3% of what they do (with NO federal $ going towards them). Mostly PP provides healthcare to women who wouldn't get it otherwise………..icky poor women.
Now it’s birth control? Seriously? Birth control??????? Did I wake up in 1950? Am I stuck in a Atwood novel? 98% of Catholic women (technically I’m one of them) use/used birth control. Even they are asking WTF?
I’m not sure what these people are trying to do. There are more women than men and we vote……unless that’s the next right on the chopping block.
I thought it would be a good time for an addition to this review following the Republican convention. You know the party who just nominated Mittens Romney, the man with his pants constantly on fire, and, Paul Ryan? Paul Ryan, the guy who co authored a bill with the douchenozzle from Virginia defining something called "force able rape" (just in case you might be confused ladies). The party that believes we have magical vaginas who can tell the difference between rapey sperm and non rapey sperm? The implication being if you get pregnant you must have wanted it. Yes ladies, "just lay back and enjoy it" (some Republican actually spewed those words about rape). After all, "rape is just another form of conception."- Paul Ryan. ...more
This book was interesting in that it presented facts on scientific phenomena called Psychokinesis, Something I have hadPoor Carrie, I feel your pain.
This book was interesting in that it presented facts on scientific phenomena called Psychokinesis, Something I have had personal experience with and I’ll tell you about it at the end of this review as long as you all promise not to call me a freak…..but think that I’m a freak all you want.
Carrie didn’t have it easy in high school. Being raised by an over protective, abusive, and ultra religious mother and no father, she didn’t have the tools to fit in with the crowd….any crowd. So, as you know, in high school ‘if one of these things is not like the other’ then that thing does not belong.
But something else was different about Carrie that really made her stand out. At puberty, and at the onset of her first period (famous shower scene….don’t be too icked out fellas) which was very late, things started moving around and going generally haywire around her when she was stressed. At first she didn’t realize that it was her that caused the disruptions. Back to the shower scene, when this happened to her she was in the school shower and had no idea what was happening to her, mamma neglected to tell her about it, and Carrie was convinced she was dying. The other girls started taunting her…….
They really shouldn’t have done that.
One of the offenders, Susan Snell, regretted her role in the incident and decided to do something nice for Carrie by asking her boy friend to take Carrie to the prom in her place.
She really shouldn’t have done that.
Okay. This phenomena has been reported numerous times and it has been well documented. It’s a thing. It’s normally mistaken for a poltergeist, which is supposed to be some prankster type of spirit, but what it really is is (most likely) electrochemical and happens around hormonal female adolescences.
This is what happened in my household when I was a tween…..I shit you not….this stuff really happened. Back in the day, my mom smoked. I didn’t like it and would pester her to stop regularly (boy, did she love that). One evening when we were the only two in the house my mom couldn’t find her cigarettes. She was pacing back and forth in her upstairs bedroom tearing the room apart, all the time yelling at me to tell her what I did with them. I yelled back from downstairs that “I didn’t do anything with them”. She didn’t believe me and kept ranting. When things got to critical mass (meaning she was completely losing it) she turned around and the pack of cigarettes were in the middle of the floor, neatly sitting straight up on its end…..the same floor she just paced across many times. Immediately she blamed me for doing it, I yelled back that I couldn’t have done it because “I’m downstairs and have been here the whole time”.
To this day she maintains I did it. Maybe I did, unconventionally.
The second most memorable incident (the one that really sticks in my head) happened just after I finished doing the dishes and cleaning up after super. I went into the other room with my mom, we were the only two in the house again, and I’m sure we were fighting about something. All of a sudden it sounded like every dish and glass in the kitchen crashed and broke on the floor. My first thought was “crap, I must have put something in the cupboard all wonky and it fell out and took everything else with it.” We ran into the kitchen and not a dish was out of place, but in the middle of the kitchen floor there was the glass top to the glass salad dressing carafe balanced on its small end!! WTF?? And we didn’t have salad that night….
So, there’s that. Science.
Oh, and now I have the urge to take up sewing……weird. ...more