Longtime Friend of Kurt Vonnegut Explains Author's Timeless Appeal

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Kurt Vonnegut's humor, honesty, and fresh ways of seeing things have always made him a favorite of young people. I remember back in the late sixties, before Slaughterhouse Five made him rich and famous, college students were carrying around dog-eared copies of Cat's Cradle, a novel in which he playfully invents a… » 4/16/14 4:17pm Wednesday 4:17pm

The 300 sequel is Zack Snyder's greatest intellectual masterpiece

300: Rise of a Empire isn't even a sequel to 300 — it's set in a parallel timeline. That's just how intellectually challenging this film is. The scathing, multi-layered political commentary begins with the movie's very first scenes: As Queen Gorgo describes the fall of Athens in voiceover, a soldier grabs a woman and… » 3/07/14 2:10pm 3/07/14 2:10pm

Virginia Woolf's secret career as a science fiction writer who inspired …

Sometimes you come across a satire that sounds so plausible that you wish you lived in an alternative universe where it were true. Such is the case with this article from Check Your Facts about Virginia Woolf's pulp career writing under the pen name EV Odle to make money. The article reads, in part: » 2/28/13 8:40am 2/28/13 8:40am

A Dystopian Movie that Gives You the Glorious Weirdness that All the…

The publicity materials for the new Russian movie Generation P describe it as William Gibson meets William S. Burroughs. Which is a pretty bold claim. But with its strange drug trips, ancient conspiracies and computer-generated politicians, this weird satire of Yeltsin-era crony capitalism almost lives up to those two… » 12/05/12 9:00am 12/05/12 9:00am