And So It Goes: A Rare Glimpse of Kurt Vonnegut's Tortured Soul. By Maria Popova The equilibrium of fiction, or what the Occupy movement can learn from a former GE PR executive.
Kurt Vonnegut — prolific author, anarchist, Second Life dweller, imaginary interviewer of the dead. And, apparently, troubled soul. At least that’s what’s behind the curtain Charles Shields (of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee fame) peels in And So It Goes, subtitled Kurt Vonnegut: A Life — the first-ever true Vonnegut biography, revealing a vulnerable private man behind the public persona, a difficult and damaged man deeply scarred by his experiences. Kurt Vonnegut Turns Cinderella Into An Equation : Krulwich Wonders… Man is a pattern-finding animal.
There are folks who look at a scene like this... And what they see...is this... Or so I'm told. I'm not one of their tribe, but scientists and mathematicians, I imagine, do this compulsively. They can't help themselves. A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web. Standing in Melbourne airport on the day before this year’s World Science Fiction convention, I found myself playing the familiar road-game known to all who travel to cons: spot the fan.
Sometimes, ‘‘spot the fan’’ is pitched as a pejorative, a bit of fun at fannish expense, a sneer about the fannish BMI, B-O, and general hairiness. But there are plenty of people who are heavyset, and practically everyone debarking an international flight to Melbourne is bound to smell a little funky, and beard-wearing is hardly unique to fandom. If there is one thing that characterizes fandom for me, it is a kind of cosmopolitanism. Now, we tend to think of ‘‘cosmopolitan’’ as a synonym for ‘‘posh’’ or ‘‘well-travelled.’’ But that’s not what I mean here: for me, to be cosmopolitan is to live your life by the ancient science fictional maxims: ‘‘All laws are local’’ and ‘‘No law knows how local it is.’’
Which is not to say that cosmopolitans don’t believe in anything. BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG » A Note at the Beginning. I’ve been inspired by José Saramago’s extraordinary blogs, which he posted when he was 85 and 86 years old.
They were published this year in English as The Notebook. I read them with amazement and delight. I never wanted to blog before. I’ve never liked the word blog — I suppose it is meant to stand for bio-log or something like that, but it sounds like a sodden tree-trunk in a bog, or maybe an obstruction in the nasal passage (oh, she talks that way because she has such terrible blogs in her nose). I was also put off by the idea that a blog ought to be “interactive,” that the blogger is expected to read people’s comments in order to reply to them and carry on a limitless conversation with strangers.
So, though I have contributed a few blog-like objects to Book View Café, I never enjoyed them. But seeing what Saramago did with the form was a revelation. Oh! Saramago didn’t interact directly with his readers (except once. . ) — UKL 19 October 2010 Actually, I don’t exactly have expectations. Justina Robson: Home Page. Philip K Dick. Krumme1.fm. THE SKINNER. Neal Stephenson.
Iain [M] Banks. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot as hypertext. Vernor Vinge. Vernor Vinge on the Singularity. Vernor Vinge on the Singularity - part 1 of 2. Turned up to Eleven. We're about ten days away from the Doctor Who table reading.
I spoke to the Director for the first time yesterday. And the script is pretty much the script. (ie, I'm about to send off a script to the Script Editor that I hope will be, if not the last draft, then the one that we go into the table read with). Technically it's probably the tenth draft, but I'm not really counting any more. (The "Cut ten pages" draft of the trip to Australia was the last one that felt like major surgery.) It hasn't really changed that much. Anything that wasn't moving the plot forward has gone. The Doctor has just been given a bowl of something to eat.
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