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Calendar, Night&Day Surviving the Shift

Surviving the Shift

In Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano, there are two classes of people: engineers and everyone else. The vast majority of work is automated, and anyone without an aptitude for operating machines lives across the river. They are poor,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Slaughterhouse Revisited

Slaughterhouse Revisited

Kurt Vonnegut isn’t merely the foul-mouthed author perennially popular among surly, booksmart teenagers. He was also a humane political satirist cut from the Mark Twain cloth, assuring him bogeyman status among the Fox News commentariat, and ensuring that his novels…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Just Any Old Amendment

Not Just Any Old Amendment

In this dominion of progressive politics, it’s easy to forget that other parts of the country aren’t quite as accepting. In July, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was banned from a Missouri school district when a Missouri State University professor complained about…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Head for the Future

A Head for the Future

In 1961 Kurt Vonnegut imagined a world in which the government uses technology to enforce equality among the masses. The title character of his short story Harrison Bergeron possesses immense intellectual, physical, and artistic ability but is made to wear…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Neon lights aren’t usually associated with highfalutin’ notions of art or metaphysics. They’re usually the domain of Vegas and Times Square tackiness, synonymous with seedy titty bars, bottom-shelf booze, and blinking advertisements for failing brands. So for Meryl Pataky to…
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Calendar, Night&Day They’re Also for Reading

They’re Also for Reading

If you’re the kind of person whose pulse quickens when you handle an early Hemingway, the California International Antiquarian Book Fair will probably kill you. It will also make you depressed: There’s nothing like wading through a sea of first…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Very High School

A Very High School

The great American student-government election: Teenagers exposing their fragile egos to public ballot-box rejection and spending a small fortune on poster board, all for the possible distinction of assigning Homecoming subcommittees and allocating school funds for a laminator. This is…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Mother Lode

The Mother Lode

George Saunders is often compared to Kurt Vonnegut, but he could also be a Vonnegut character. Listen to this: He was born in Texas, got a B.A. in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, worked for years as…
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Calendar, Night&Day You and Your Fantasies

You and Your Fantasies

If you're more of a film buff than a Trekkie (or if the hard-core comic-book crowd makes you a little queasy), you can get your fill of fantasy flicks in the varsity leagues rather than among the maladjusted at Dead…
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Culture, Stagecap


Finishing up their season that started with the fringe hit 21/One — where the audience was moved around the city on a roving bus — Boxcar Theatre returns with a play inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's novel Galapagos. The complex Vonnegut…
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wednesday october 8 Slippery When Wet The bidding war to push big shots into the pool should be fierce at this year's TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss -- candidates include San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy (considered in some quarters to…
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Dog Bites

Ex Big Gun Shoots Opera Sure Allan Ulrich's paean to the refurbished War Memorial Opera House ("Days will soon be charged with anticipation") in last Sunday's Examiner was a bit swoony. But even fluff can require some journalistic grit --…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I dreamt of an anarchist nun. (I knew that's what she was because those words were on the T-shirt she wore over her habit.) She came up to me and whispered conspiratorially, "Tell Aries it's time…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): Have you ever tried lighting junk food on fire? The folks who publish Earth Island Journal did, with amazing results. While a Cheez-It flared for just 46 seconds before turning to ash, a single Dorito burned…
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