A few words from HST, part 2

Posted in Bread and circuses, R.I.P., HST, Read it in books on March 3rd, 2017 by bill

America has been breeding mass anomie since the end of World War II. It is not a political thing, but the sense of new realities, of urgency, anger and sometimes desperation in a society where even the highest authorities seem to be grasping at straws.

The above was written in reference to the Hell’s Angels, circa 1966, but just imagine how much worse things have gotten 50 years down the line. Well, I guess you don’t really have to…all you have to do is look around.

A few words from HST, part 1

Posted in Bread and circuses, R.I.P., HST, Read it in books on February 25th, 2017 by bill

My call for a visitation from the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson has so far gone unheeded, so I have decided to embark on a rereading of the complete HST oeuvre, starting with Hell’s Angels. When appropriate, I will share a few choice bits.

Parts of HA seem oddly relevant in the current landscape, particularly the portrayal of people whose politics are consistently at odds with their own self-interest. (“The Angels will be among the first to be locked up or croaked if the politicians they think they agree with ever come to power.”)  The following could easily refer to a certain subset of Von Clownstick voters, could it not?

Their lack of education has not only rendered them completely useless in a highly technical economy, but it has also given them the leisure to cultivate a powerful resentment…and to translate it into a destructive cult.

Kurt Vonnegut quote of the day

Posted in Read it in books on February 2nd, 2017 by bill

A sensible prayer people could offer up from time to time, it seems to me, might go something like this: “Dear Lord – never put me in the charge of a frightened human being.”

–Jailbird, 1979

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 14 (and Final)

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on December 12th, 2016 by bill

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And so, end of the trail beckons. See you at the finish line.

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The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 13

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on December 6th, 2016 by bill

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Welcome to the penultimate week of the The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch. Since I’m already late posting this let’s keep it slightly on the shorter side this week. I’ll meet you at the end of Chapter 20, where “He would meet his Creator, who would explain everything.”

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 12

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on November 28th, 2016 by bill

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Those of us who are pressing on, let us press on to the end of Chapter 17.

“Can do,” he said. “Can do.”

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 11

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on November 22nd, 2016 by bill

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Well, time to pick up the packs and move on. Let us think fondly of the fallen.

But just in case anyone’s trying to catch up, let’s make this a light week and meet up at the end of Chapter 13 of Breakfast of Champions, by the sign that says “Bluebird Farm.”

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 10

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch, Whatever Else on November 14th, 2016 by bill

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Goodbye Blue Monday, indeed.

Breakfast of Champions (which I am pleased to note shares its initials with the Blue Oyster Cult) beckons. Let’s meet up next Monday at the end of Chapter 8, where we’ll see the emblem of the Pluto Gang on the back of a jacket.

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 9

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on November 7th, 2016 by bill

This week we will come to the end of Slaughterhouse-Five. So it goes.

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 8

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on October 31st, 2016 by bill

This week let’s press on to the end of Chpater 6 of Slaughterhouse-Five, where we’ll be told that “Fünf was good old five.”