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Aug. 7th, 2005 @ 03:05 am Woo
Okay, so I stumbled across this community looking for Vonnegut lovers, and it struck me as one of the most awesome combinations on the planet. First, Vonnegut, who I love with an unnatural passion; second, Nirvana, who I don't really love to the same degree, but I do like them; and third, Neon Genesis Evangelion, which I loved and was one of the most thought-provoking animes I've ever watched (and the episode set entirely to Beethoveen's 9th? Exquisite).

As for Vonnegut, I just read Cat's Cradle, which had a rather interesting position about religion being a "useful lie." I also became rather peculiarly enamored with the practice of boko-maru; the union of "soles" struck me as bizarrely beautiful. Vonnegut also cleverly contrasted this to sex, which he degraded to a simply reproductive status (almost vulgar in practice). He had, in a sense, stripped love and eroticism from sex and given them to foot massages. What particularly makes me love Vonnegut is that throughout the narrative he says none of this explicitly - everything important is implicit, which makes you wonder whether or not Vonnegut put in all of these ideas conciously or whether they flowed out as a natural consequence of his primary arguments.

To finish up this post, a quote I loved about scientists (I am one myself, to a degree):

"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and
finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment
of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the
hard way." -Bokonon
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Date:September 10th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
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I really agree with all that you're saying, I have to say especaially about NGE. The Beethoven's 9th episode was amazing. I haven't watched any of it for a long time and I really want to get the special edition DVDs.
Cat's Cradle is my favorite Vonnegut, but I admit that I haven't read a ton of his stuff. I also really liked Welcome to the Monkey House which I just finished recently.
I find Bokononism amazing, especially because I read the book at a time when I was discovering my own religious beliefs and being bombarded by thoughts and literature and words about religion and basically being told what to believe. It actually felt real and pure to me while reading it since it hit me at that time.
Glad you joined the comm. I guess I'm the only girl? Well...huh...