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  •  I'm Upset! Why do you hate America? n/t (4+ / 0-)

    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. -- Thomas Jefferson [-4.25, -5.33]

    by GTPinNJ on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 02:58:05 PM PST

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    •  because Americans (4+ / 0-)

      have too much sex.  And (gasp) many of them seem to enjoy it!  Contemptible. ;)

      •  Social conservatives of all types (4+ / 0-)

        hate to associate sex with pleasure.  So it's ironic that there was a study linking the level of female equality in the society with the enjoyment of sex (by both partners.

        Never give up! Never surrender!

        by oscarsmom on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 03:52:47 PM PST

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        •  It's very reminiscent of an early Vonnegut story (4+ / 0-)

          It's entitled "Welcome to the Monkey House" (also the title of the collection it's in, IIRC) which explores the consequences of sex divorced from pleasure. The society in this story makes everyone take a drug that makes them numb from the waste down, but does not prevent conception. Because that would be wrong.

          I wonder if Vonnegut realized how much of a prophet he'd wind up being when writing some of his stories.

          "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

          by AustinCynic on Thu Nov 16, 2006 at 04:45:51 PM PST

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          •  God, I love Vonnegut (2+ / 0-)
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            deepintheheartoftx, greenearth

            and "Welcome to the Monkey House" was particularly good.  I just read Cat's Cradle, not long ago, and think it's one of his best works, too.  For the times, however, I'd have to suggest Galapagos.  For those people with Big Brains.  LOL.

            "Groups of people selected for ambition and nothing else...like Mandarins of China, Colonial Administrators in the British Empire, or lawyers in N. America...individually there are decent people who do some good.  But, as a class, they are amoral, vicious leeches with a good cover story." - John Barnes

            •  Have you read "Man Without A Country"? (0+ / 0-)

              I think it's his latest, and it's a collection of short non-fiction essays. Some of Kurt's best writing in years, IMO.

              I've also always had a soft spot for Breakfast of Champions. The doodles drew my attention when I was too young to read it, but my curiosity was paid off in due time.

              "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

              by AustinCynic on Fri Nov 17, 2006 at 03:18:50 PM PST

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              •  Not yet (0+ / 0-)

                I've been wanting to read Man Without A Country since Vonnegut appeared on The Daily Show and talked about it. I, however, only buy paperbacks because the hardcovers are to damned expensive.  Since the book hasn't, yet, come out in paperback I haven't read it. They usually follow the hardcover about a year later so it's gotta be close.  
                I, also, loved Breakfastbut, then, I love everything he's written. Sirens Of Titan was, also, particularly good. Oddly enough, I think of Slaughterhouse 5 as being one of his weaker (though still good) novels.

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