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Kurt Vonnegut museum raises $1.5M for new Indianapolis home

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis has reached its goal of raising $1.5 million to acquire and begin renovations on a building to serve as its permanent home. The museum announced Wednesday that it met a deadline for the fundraising effort. The museum’s founder and CEO, Julia Whitehead, told The […]
Tags: News, Entertainment, Indianapolis, Ap, Nation, Kurt Vonnegut, Julia Whitehead, Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

Open Mike: Apex Products

["Open Mike" is the often off-topic, anything-goes Editorial page of TOP, wherein Mike scats and vamps and riffs off the top of his pointy head. When all is right with the world, it appears on Wednesdays.] - Thomas Riley Marshall, Vice President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson, was presiding over the Senate—one of the VP's duties in our country—when he was forced to listen one day to a litany of complaints from various Senators about what was wrong about America. When it came his tur...
Tags: Books, Photography, Senate, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Indiana, United States, Nicole Kidman, Brazil, Wisconsin, Canon, Reflections, Rosemary, Marshall, Kurt Vonnegut

What is innovation?

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Here goes. Innovation is to fifteen different people. “An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations.” —OECD The Learning Link As Marina Gorbis concludes in The Nature of the Futur...
Tags: Etsy, Comcast, Innovation, OECD, eLearning, Intercom, Kurt Vonnegut, Kevin Laland, Jay Cross, Gary Klein, James Gardner, Spigit, Marina Gorbis, Steve Flynn, Euan Semple, Steve Borgatti

This woman traveled the world in search of ‘Lady Saints,’ and she’s coming to talk about it

Mary Lea Carroll’s book “Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints,” describes her eight quests over 20 years of travels, to visit the shrines of the Lady Saints. This mission took her as close to her hometown of Pasadena as Glendale, California, and as far away as Prague, Mexico City, Avila, and Bosnia. Carroll’s book is a chronicle of the lives of remarkable women like the Virgin Mother Mary, also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe; Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton also known as St. Elizabe...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Catholic Church, Catholic, Pasadena, Bosnia, Carroll, Kurt Vonnegut, St Teresa, Mary, Altadena, Guadalupe

Attention, Concentration, and the Right Attitude

Okay, well, that was fun. I've been meaning to do that last post for about two years, and I kept thinking I needed to wait until there was an occasion with some Lincoln connection. So I just missed the anniversary of his death, yet again (April 15th, like Americans needed more reasons to dislike that day), and I figured what the heck, I'd better just go ahead and post it or I'll die of old age first. There's a serious point to the satire, however, and here it is. There are times and places for l...
Tags: Photography, Youtube, Lincoln, Kurt Vonnegut, Visual Culture, Michael Johnston, Kay, Michael C Johnston, Harrison Bergeron

53 Years of Nuclear Testing in 14 Minutes: A Time Lapse Film by Japanese Artist Isao Hashimoto

It’s strange what can make an impact. Sometimes a message needs to be loud and over-the-top to come across, like punk rock or the films of Oliver Stone. In other cases, cool and quiet works much better. Take the new time lapse map created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto. It is beautiful in a simple way and eerie as it documents the 2,053 nuclear explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998. It looks like a war room map of the world, black landmasses surrounded by deep blue ocean. I...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, History, United States, Manhattan Project, Hiroshima, Kurt Vonnegut, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Hashimoto, Isao Hashimoto, Los Alamos Just

Art About Town

If you're in town for the NRA Annual Meeting and dig murals, Indy Arts Guide has compiled a guide to the various murals visible around town. "My Affair With Kurt Vonnegut"345 Mass Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204Canon EOS M, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 I love the quote on the page for the mural above:“All my jokes are Indianapolis. All my attitudes are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.” – Kurt Vonnegut, J...
Tags: Guns, Indianapolis, Nra, Tam, Kurt Vonnegut, Horton hears a Hoosier, But is it Art, Pickcher Takin, Mass Ave Indianapolis

Ponder about it!

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Tags: Quotes, Images, Comics, Music, Comix, Calvin & Hobbes, Curiousbrainmashup, ― Kurt Vonnegut

"Infants should always sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding."

Said Rachel Moon, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics's Task Force on SIDS. Quoted in "Parents dread life ‘without a Rock n Play’: Fisher-Price recall triggers shock and frustration."Last week’s recall of nearly 5 million Rock 'n Plays hit close to home for sleep-deprived parents who have turned to the Fisher-Price product for a moment of reprieve -- or a night’s sleep -- since it was introduced a decade ago. The cloth-covered cradle, which vibrates, plays music and positions the baby ...
Tags: Death, Texas, Sleep, Law, Babies, Wikipedia, San Francisco, Frank Zappa, Ringo, Bart, Dana Scully, Kurt Vonnegut, Owens, Clark, Lisa, Jimmy Buffett

Meet a Local Comics Writer: A Chat with Emily Whitten

by Mike Rhode Emily Whitten is a long-time comics journalist who's just made the jump to writing comics herself. Her new book, The Underfoot, co-written with Ben Fisher and drawn by Michelle Nguyen came out yesterday in comic book stores and will be for sale more widely in two weeks. Emily answered our usual questions, with a few additional ones specific to her new book. What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?  I am co-creator and co-writer of The Underfoot, a new original graphic novel...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Interview, Washington, America, Mtv, Harley Quinn, Lincoln, Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, Terry Pratchett, Sarah, Mall, Brontes, Funny Animals, Indiana University

Canary in a Coal Mine: How ‘Us’ Continues the Work of Mark Twain and Rod Serling

In the ‘60s, the author Kurt Vonnegut spoke about what he called the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. In a speech to American Physical Society, he said, “This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever.” It’s a useful prism to think about art that tries to tell us something and something I thought o...
Tags: Movies, Horror, France, US, Features, United States, Adelaide, Universal, Mark Twain, Rolling Stone, American Physical Society, American Dream, Wilson, Rod Serling, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Sawyer

Shorties (True Crime Books for Music Lovers, Musicians on the 35th Anniversary of R.E.M.'s Reckoning Album, and more)

The Ringer gathered musicians to discuss every track on R.E.M.'s Reckoning album, which turns 35 this year. Rolling Stone recommended true crime books for music lovers. April's best eBook deals. eBooks on sale for $1.99 today: If This Isn't Nice, What Is? by Kurt Vonnegut Number9Dream by David Mitchell You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld eBook on sale for $2.99 today: Fosse by Sam Wasson Georgia Anne Muldrow played a Tiny Desk Concert. LIfehacker interviewed cartooni...
Tags: Music, Stephen King, David, Brooklyn, David Mitchell, PJ Harvey, Nme, Kurt Vonnegut, Jeff Tweedy, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Tom Petty, John Vanderslice, Robert Christgau, Fosse, Susan Orlean, Carola Dibbell

The power of the narrative

Photo from Flickr I'm fascinated by story telling, and I often wonder why TV series are so compelling. This is especially so when I'm binge watching a DVD boxed set. Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings or Line of Duty (or all of them!), you will probably, like many millions of people each week, devote yourself avidly to watching as the tales unfold on your screens.Generally, such TV shows are so compelling because they ...
Tags: Learning, Education, Teaching, Harry Potter, Pedagogy, Character, eLearning, Story Telling, Kurt Vonnegut, Glen, Chekov, Frodo, Daenerys Targaryen, Ron Weasley, Daenerys, Steve Wheeler

Reflections on Rereading “Slaughterhouse-Five”

Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death was published 50 years ago today, as I was informed by several articles, including this one and this one in the New York Times. Fortunately, I rarely dispose of books that I’ve bought, so I was able to pluck the $1.95 paperback off my shelf and read it again, probably for the first time since my college years in the early 1970s. (Check your own bookshelves; you might find a copy as well.) ... more...
Tags: Books, Kurt Vonnegut, New York Times Fortunately

Steven Pinker’s 13 Rules for Good Writing

Photo by Rose Lincoln, via Wikimedia Commons What is good writing? The question requires context. Each type of writing has its norms. Some guidelines apply across disciplines—consult your Strunk and White or any of the hundreds of handbooks recommending strong verbs and minimal use of passive voice. Still, you wouldn’t necessarily put the question to an experimental poet if your concern is informative writing (though maybe you should). Maybe better to ask a scholar who writes clear prose. Harva...
Tags: Google, Writing, College, Stephen King, Steven Pinker, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Facebook Twitter, Hegel, Josh Jones, William Safire, Kant, Strunk, Pinker, Durham NC Follow, Rose Lincoln

Shorties (An Interview with Yiyun Li, Andrew Bird on His New Album, and more)

Bookworm interviewed author Yiyun Li. Andrew Bird visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance. March's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $2.99 today: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman Aquarium Drunkard interviewed guitarist Bill MacKay. Summer Brennan talked to All Things Considered about her new book, High Heel. Pitchfork profiled singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis. Vulture and Esquire previewed spring's best books. Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast discuss...
Tags: Music, David, New York Times, Kurt Vonnegut, Michelle Zauner, Atomic Books Comics Preview, San Francisco Chronicle, World Cafe, Esquire, Roxane Gay, James Sturm, Chicago Review of Books, Laura Catherine Brown, Yiyun Li Andrew Bird, Walt Whitman Aquarium Drunkard, Bill MacKay Summer Brennan

Reconsiderations: From Dresden on the 50th Anniversary of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’

When Kurt Vonnegut was at work on his hugely influential antiwar novel, “he was writing to save his own life,” his daughter said.
Tags: News, Germany, Dresden, Kurt Vonnegut, Books and Literature, Vonnegut, Kurt Jr, Writing and Writers, Dresden (Germany, Slaughterhouse-Five (Book

Artificial Intelligence Identifies the Six Main Arcs in Storytelling: Welcome to the Brave New World of Literary Criticism

Is the singularity upon us? AI seems poised to replace everyone, even artists whose work can seem like an inviolably human industry. Or maybe not. Nick Cave’s poignant answer to a fan question might persuade you a machine will never write a great song, though it might master all the moves to write a good one. An AI-written novel did almost win a Japanese literary award. A suitably impressive feat, even if much of the authorship should be attributed to the program’s human designers. But what abo...
Tags: Google, Technology, College, Atlantic, Literature, Harry Potter, University Of Chicago, Cinderella, Computer Science, Nick Cave, University Of Vermont, Kurt Vonnegut, Facebook Twitter, Adrienne LaFrance, Joseph Campbell, Josh Jones

Shorties (The Moral Clarity of Slaughterhouse-Five at 50, New Music from Charly Bliss, and more)

Kevin Powers examined the moral clarity of Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse-Five on its 50th anniversary at the New York Times. Stream a new song. March's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: California: A History by Kevin Starr Deliverance by James Dickey eBook on sale for $2.99 today: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte William Basinski discussed The Disintegration Loops with Pitchfork. Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed poet Big Bruiser Dope Boy. Paste visited t...
Tags: Music, California, David, Brooklyn, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Kurt Vonnegut, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Montgomery Alabama, Laura Stevenson, Helen Oyeyemi, Leah Dieterich, Newsarama, James Dickey, Oyeyemi, Peter Bagge

Essay: The ‘Moral Clarity’ of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ at 50

The novelist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers makes the case for the enduring influence of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous novel about the lasting trauma of war.
Tags: News, Iraq, Kurt Vonnegut, Books and Literature, Vonnegut, Kurt Jr, World War II (1939-45, Kevin Powers, Slaughterhouse-Five (Book

Perpetual Grace, LTD Trailer For Epix’ Modern Noir Series

EPIX debuts first trailer for modern noir series Perpetual Grace, LTD Epix has released the first trailer for its upcoming star-studded modern noir series Perpetual Grace, LTD, formerly titled Our Lady, LTD, that teases a twisted and violent story full of deceit and revenge. Check out the Perpetual Grace, LTD trailer in the player below! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gpt...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, Movies, Trailer, Timothy Spall, TV News, Ben Kingsley, Forest Whitaker, James, Kurt Vonnegut, Kingsley, Simpson, Conrad, Epix, Santa Fe New Mexico, Steve Tisch

Eau de Givenchy: With Spring At Heart

  “Never refuse unexpected offers," as Boconon says: "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God,” do you remember the sentence from Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle? I recently found another confirmation of this ambiguous phrase, having received a free sample of vintage Eau de Givenchy as a gift enclosed in a package of several vintage fragrances from France. I put the sample asi... Read full article: Eau de Givenchy: With Spring At Heart from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magaz...
Tags: Fashion, France, Kurt Vonnegut, Fragrantica Perfumes, Eau de Givenchy, Boconon

10 Best Susan Sarandon Movies

10 Best Susan Sarandon Movies An American actress who made a name for herself in the late 80s and 90s, Susan Sarandon is known for her talented performances as well as her political and social activism. While she might have lost herself a role or two because of the latter — in 1989, she claimed she didn’t think “she’d ever be asked to work with Sylvester Stallone” because of how outspoken she was—she is unapologetic and unashamed to stand up for what she believes in. To be honest, Sarandon’s...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Movies, Geena Davis, John Goodman, Atlantic City, Jaden Smith, Christopher Walken, Sylvester Stallone, Ridley Scott, Claire Danes, Al Pacino, Kevin Costner, Sean Penn, Billy Wilder, Susan Sarandon

Not all Ski-In/Ski-Out Lodging is Created Equal

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” ―  Kurt Vonnegut Reflect back on poignant moments in your life. Were they planned or spontaneous? Often it’s the latter. However, they needed an opening to happen…the stage was set, but the moment was impromptu. There’s an art to planning a vacation that sets the stage for extraordinary moments. It includes blocking time in your itinerary for spontaneity, being intentional about lodgin...
Tags: Apple, Sport, Skiing, Park City, Kurt Vonnegut, Don, Cori, Deer Valley, Silver Star, Ski Utah, Flagstaff Mountain, Northside Express, Empire Pass, Cori Pepelnjak, Park City Silver Star Lodges Situated, Silver Star Cafe

Arguing With a Leftist

The writing bug is starting to bite again, so you may see some new content here, including (eventually) a mega-überpost I started back in October of last year, but for now just this little piece.A few days ago someone at Quora tagged me with the question:If both conservatives and liberals love USA, why there are such hostility and lack of trust towards each others?I left an answer, but someone else left this one:As a former Right turned Left, I assure you all there are smart and well educated pe...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Usa, Guns, Education, George Orwell, Quora, Karl Marx, Millenials, Trump, Kurt Vonnegut, Aoc, Kevin, Charles Krauthammer, Chris Byrne, Walter Williams

10 Golden Age science fiction novels

The early 20th century saw explosive growth for the science fiction genre. A wide range of these books would go on to become classics. These great works explore the strange, zany and absurd profundities of our existence. The first Golden Age of Science Fiction was officially considered to be from 1938 to 1946. As a whole and how most readers view it — the era extended into the early- to mid-1960s. From Jules Verne to earlier proto-science fiction works, the genre has gained more prominence an...
Tags: Art, Books, Science Fiction, London, Mexico, Time, Ray Bradbury, Earth, Culture, George Orwell, Innovation, Literature, Beethoven, Clarke, Arthur C Clarke, Stanley Kubrick

Glimmers of Truth from the Inebriated Work of the Late, Dirty Realist Writer, Charles Bukowski

None The podcast "Friendly Fire", from the Maximum Fun Network, poses a pivotal question near the end of each episode. The three hosts (John Roderick, Adam Pranica, and Benjamin Ahr Harrison) take turns introducing and monitoring discussion of that week's topic, a film in the canon of specific battles and general warfare. While the show deals with war films as a genre within the context of their time and through the creative perspective of their auteur writers and directors, this key question a...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interviews, Los Angeles, Tom Waits, Alcoholism, Harpercollins, Mickey Rourke, Raymond Carver, Southern California, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Allen, Barfly, Duchovny

Vintage Science Fiction Month: Way Station

Vintage SF Month is hosted by the Little Red Reviewer. The objective: Read and discuss "older than I am" Science Fiction in the month of January. Clifford D. Simak is one of the famous Golden Age authors that I haven't really caught up with. There's no time like the present, so I took a spin through his bibliography and settled on the Hugo winning 1963 novel Way Station as my introduction to his work. Enoch Wallace is an American Civil War veteran who was chosen by the Galactic Federation to ...
Tags: Science Fiction, Movies, US, America, Earth, Dune, Kurt Vonnegut, Heinlein, Federation, Enoch, Asimov, Andre Norton, Clifford D Simak, Galactic Federation, WISCONSON, Enoch Wallace

first finds of 2019

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” —Kurt Vonnegut, via @ShaunCoffey @robpatrob — “In Athens, democracy degenerated into populism, leading to the war with Sparta and defeat. Maybe there is a cycle?” @PhilosophyMttrs — “Word of the Year” — Ultracrepidarian — adjective noting or pertaining to a person who criticize...
Tags: Athens, eLearning, Kurt Vonnegut, Plato, Sparta, Friday's Finds