Literature: We’re all just living in a Monkey House

Welcome To The Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut

A collection of stories that Kurt wrote to help fund for his larger works. It consists of 25 tales, some futuristic, yet relative to our modern world.  This book took me a little time to read since I preferred reading one story per day, but after every book I read of Kurt’s, I realize he is the most relevant writer of any time.

These are simple stories of everyday occurrences, which can happen to you.  It’s a life book about lies, obsessions, struggles, and happiness.  Sometimes I will read a book of Vonnegut’s and still wonder what the hell it was about.  A week later, I will be driving around town, and finally it clicks.

In the preface, Kurt explains that he is just like everyone else.  He is nowhere close to being a fundamental writer because everything he writes is just all his wacky thoughts.  Some could say these are high thoughts.  I would compare is humor to that of Wes Anderson’s, dry and hard hitting.

If you would like an easy book to read, I recommend reading this one.  It applies to everyday life because it addresses human behavior from all different types of personalities.

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These are just a few books of mine.  Most of these I have read, and the others are on the back burner.  I would like to say it was roughly two or three months ago that I decided to pick up a book and read it.  I truly believe the obsession of reading takes place either as soon as you learn to read, or when you aren’t required to read anymore for school.

Yes, it happened after I was all done with school and excruciatingly bored.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was the kicker.  I read that book in about a week because my buddy Tim couldn’t stop talking about the amazing story behind it at the bar.  Great recommendation by the way.  That book kickstarted my relatively quick reading addiction, and I haven’t stopped.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog post, then you probably enjoy reading books yourself…for the most part.  If you’re not reading this blog post, then I assume you would relate to Jim Gaffigan and his jokes about how “TV is waaaayyyyy better than reading!”  Yes, TV is absolutely better than reading.  I mean there are pictures and you don’t have to think. But, there’s something a book does that a movie or show can’t do.

Movies and shows have a ticking clock.  There’s only so much time a movie or show can have before it gets dragged on.  A book is different in the face that it can last forever.  A writer has thoughts that they are throwing out onto a piece of paper, and there is no end in sight.  The details are all laid out on the table for us to analyze and kill our brains over.    A clear example of this is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This is one of my favorite books solely because of the last chapter.  The original publication of the book and the movie did not include the ending of the book.  Burgess had to surrender his will, and obey the “smart people” in charge of making him money.  If you read the version that Burgess originally wrote, the entire story changes. It becomes a lesson learned instead of dark story that doesn’t have a turn of events.  This is the difference between movies and books.

To end these thoughts of mine, this is the start of an arts/literature segment of the blog.  There will possibly be an album review, book review, movie review, show review, and a whatever else review each week.

More info to come.

-GL