On The Day After Kurt Vonneget Died

After read­ing the news of Kurt Von­negut’s death, I decid­ed it was about time I got with it. I’ve nev­er read any­thing by him over 1,000 words long but at lunch today I went and picked up a paper­back copy of Slaugh­ter­house-Five. Bet­ter late than nev­er, I sup­pose. I’ve had a lot of friends rec­om­mend that book over the years and I’m bump­ing some of the oth­er books I’ve been sit­ting on for a while to read it first. Von­negut was 84 years old and is sur­vived by his sev­en chil­dren, his sec­ond wife, and legions of ador­ing fans.

Apparantly, Mr. Iacocca Is The Leader

I read near­ly this entire book excerpt with my jaw dropped. Who would have thought that one of the most sin­cere and harsh cri­tiques of our coun­try – its gov­ern­ment, its media, and its cit­i­zens – would come from an 80’s indus­tri­al­ist leader who has long been a sup­port­er of both big busi­ness and big name Repub­li­can can­di­dates? I’m not post­ing this to beat up on Repub­li­cans. As a mat­ter of fact, many of my friends and fam­i­ly are con­ser­v­a­tive, some even mem­bers of the par­ty, and I’m glad that more and more, peo­ple from both sides of the aisle are ques­tion­ing the gov­ern­ment and its deci­sions. Looks like I may be read­ing a book by Lee Iacoc­ca this sum­mer. (via Kot­tke)