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Curmudgeons are introverts who are simply tired of adapting themselves to the demands of an extrovert world. They want to be left alone. Which is why they occasionally write or say nasty things to annoy people.
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The hope is that other people will then have something to talk about with each other and give the curm A Compendium of Curmudgeonly Humour Kurt Vonnegut is a curmudgeon. The hope is that other people will then have something to talk about with each other and give the curmudgeon some peace. A curmudgeon like Vonnegut is the opposite of a totalitarian. A curmudgeon knows the world around him and its imperfections through direct experience. But he is wary of turning his opinions, of which he has many, into policies. This is just as well because his opinions are anything but consistent.
He has learned over the years that consistency is indeed the sign of a trivial mind which would like to impose order on a universe that is inherently chaotic. Curmudgeons are male by definition because they fear the power of women and have no defences against it. Female power arises from the inherent male incompetence in things like communication and relationship-building. Sisterhood is a mystery which manifests to him as a hive-mind and he dares not mess with it. The curmudgeon knows he is deficient and relies on women to suffer frustration and annoyance in his presence.
He is aware of this sufferance and, as a mark of respect, neither contradicts nor criticises his female companions. They in turn accept the deal as the best they are likely to get and desist from all attempts to improve him. A curmudgeon is not without charm in certain situations, primarily those in which he is forced to respond to the opinions - usually political, but sometimes anthropological - of others, particularly blowhards and dilettantes.
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In such circumstances his remarks are likely intended not to convince but to undermine. He perceives this as healthy cynicism. The combination of the unexpected and the absence of obvious banality helps. View all 35 comments. Mar 02, Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-of This is a master class in the art of short story writing. Every short story is finely crafted. Many have humor, many have heartbreak, many have subtle romance.
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Almost all have commentary on society, especially American society, that is as relevant today as it was in the s. What are these stories missing? You reader. It's missing you to unlock their meaning and beauty. View all 4 comments. Dec 20, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts.
The world is overpopulated, and they have Ethical Suicide Parlors, where public minded citizens are encouraged to go in and get a lethal injection from the attractive hostesses. There's a big thermometer outside, showing how many people there currently are in the world. So the guy comes in, and he's chatting with the hostess. He wants to know how much the mercury will go down if he decides to do it. A foot? No, she says.
An inch? Not quite, she says. Suddenly, he changes his tone. Every inch, he says, represents seventeen million people. That's not the right way to look at it, she says. But she doesn't say what is the right way to look at it. Ever since reading this story as a teenager, I've been unable to take anyone seriously who uses the expression "That's not the right way to look at it".
Not my fault. Blame the late Mr. View 2 comments. Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of stories I've read. Rating it accurately is as difficult as ever. Should it be based off of the best stories? Or all of them? I don't know. Much like Vonnegut's other novels, they're strangely scientific with quirky charact Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of stories I've read. Much like Vonnegut's other novels, they're strangely scientific with quirky characters, great dialogue, and plenty of comedic moments.
The rest of the stories weren't so great to write about. Some of them are pretty out there, though, if that's your thing Jun 03, Kaethe Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: scifi , stories , beloved , fiction , humor.
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I wonder what an update would be like 50 years on? Harrison Bergeron - This one has aged a bit, but it's still good.
Who Am I This Time? Welcome to the Monkey House - Likewise aged, not that there aren't people who would be delighted to see the sex drive killed for everyone else, but January 6 October 3 Where I Live - Keenly observed. Welcome to the Monkey House - Likewise aged, not that there aren't people who would be delighted to see the sex drive killed for everyone else, but those people tend not to be in favor of birth control or assisted suicide.
Long Walk to Forever - This is the story that made me want to reread the collection particularly. It kills me. As does Vonnegut's preferred title, "Hell to Get Along With", which should probably be the title of every proposal story ever.
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The Foster Portfolio - Heh. All the King's Horses - A rather dark musing on war, but not too dark. Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog - Just perfectly amusing. Next Door - Oh, my. More Stately Mansions - This is another one that has lived long in my memory. It's a very kind and accepting and loving sort of story about a quirky, possibly annoying-as-hell character. And also, the obsession with having the perfect home has only become stronger and more widespread.
The Hyannis Port Story - Another really sweet story that still manages to be cynical and funny. Not at all like Salinger's improbable paragons. A most unusual war story. The Euphio Question - Amusingly presented.