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Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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VONNEGUT'S VISION

"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."
- Kurt Vonnegut

I'm sitting out here on the ledge,
sitting almost at the edge,
but what I see is quite unclear
and all I feel is lots of fear.
Vonnegut has got good eyes—
he can see through sham and lies.
I just cower petrified,
by illusions mystified.
Please, somebody rescue me—
I cannot live heroically.
Instead of insights new, profound,
I long to tread familiar ground.
If humankind can be set free
it will not be by such as me.

By Tom Greening, from Words Against the Void
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message 1: by Ted (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ted Mallory This was the one where people touch feet instead of having sex and the doomsday weapon is blue-ice instead of an atomic bomb, right? I love Vonnegut- no one else manages to be as profound and important while at the same time being so funny, absurd, and bizarre!


Louis Yes, this is the one. It was actually my first Vonneget -- I know, about time! I enjoyed it. Being the perpetual geek, I was really enjoyed the implications for modernism/postmodernism. Although the era of the "bomb to end all wars" is written all over the book, it still has striking implications for today.


message 3: by Ted (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ted Mallory And foot fetishes!


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