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I can remember reading 'Mother Night' in Tehran during the revolution, with head phones on and Alan Parsons 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination' (Poe) blasting, to muffle the sound of gunfire.
Quite surreal on more than one level.

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More of his artwork.



From Breakfast Of Champions


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I will miss the guy. Big loss. I met him personally during one of his lectures in my college in Palatine, Illinois. I still have the audio tape with this lecture.

When I was 14, I enjoyed the "Player Piano".When I was 20, I enjoyed "Breakfast for Champions". I still enjoy "Cat's Craddle".

I don't care about "Sirens of Titan" though.
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From Slaughterhouse Five
[As Billy sits in a movie theater, he becomes "unstuck in time"]:

It was a movie about American bombers in the Second World War and the men who flew them. Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this:

American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.

The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, though, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.

When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.
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More of his artwork.



From Breakfast Of Champions


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A yes, a picture of Dwayne's asshole, before he went to prison.
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Last one from Trafalmadore..cute.



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Good one, he would probably have enjoyed this.
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Ray Bradbury probably would, also.


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