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Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
2:38p - Error in Judgement


While at the local library, I checked out the Kurt Vonnegut books and several other things as if I could read them all at the same rate...

I KNOW better than that... The others were done in a day or two. Light things, easy things, fun things... But Kurt makes me THINK. Now, especially at my age, that takes me longer...

I've finished Bluebeard, very interesting, but excerpted nothing in quotes.

Then I began Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons, words he invented in Cat's Cradle, and by page xx of the preface, I'm back to posting.

He's just so PACKED with ideas...

Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons is a collection of his works otherwise not published in book form.

I normally read quite rapidly, so checked out a normal week's worth of reading... I'd forgotten about Kurt. I have to read him SLOWLY. He makes me think, ponder, enjoy toying with a tidbit he's expressed before going on. I made it to page xx of the preface.

He was talking about a prof's description of the difference between music and noise. (It made me think of the Simon & Garfunkel class, in which our professor asked for a definition of MUSIC, getting pretty unenlightening results):


    "The professor threw a narrow board, which was about the length of a bayonet, at the wall of the room, which was cinder block.

    "That's noise," he said.

    Then he picked up seven more boards, and he threw them in rapid succession, as though he were a knife thrower. The boards in sequence sang the opening notes of "Mary Had a Little Lamb". I was enchanted.

    "That's melody," he said.


Not that you ought to TRY it at home, ... but isn't it a neat description?

I stopped reading and emailed the teacher. That wasn't enough. I decided to share with you all, dear readers. Oh, DO try some Vonnegut if you are of the inclination to read!

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