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....moreI 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. (less)
Today SCOTUS did the abysmal act of allowing Hobby Lobby to break the LAW and deny women contraception because of t...moreYeah,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. (less)