December 30, 2010
Hocus Pocus

From Colonel Girdle:

About once a year I re-read Kurt Vonnegut’s brilliant 1990 novel, Hocus Pocus, a prescient satire about America in 2001 when the nation has been thoroughly raped by its capitalist owners & soldoff to other countries. Here is a brief excerpt taken from where the college professor protagonist recollects a speech given by the college’s writer in residence. A speech that causes consternation among the college’s board of trustees:

He predicted, I remember, that human slavery would come back, that it had in fact never gone away. He said that so many people wanted to come here because it was so easy to rob the poor people, who got absolutely no protection from the government. He talked about bridges falling down and water mains breaking because of no maintenance. He talked about oil spills and radioactive waste and poisoned aquifers and looted banks and liquidated corporations. “And nobody ever gets punished for anything,” he said. “Being an American means never having to say you’re sorry.”



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 30, 2010 02:44 PM
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I saw Love Story at the theater in Rockefeller Center. Me with a fifth of whiskey together with 6,000 teenage girls ditching school to see the movie.

All of us crying our eyes out. The most memorable movie viewing of my life.

Posted by: A lighter tone on December 30, 2010 6:37 PM
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