theparisreview:

“Treating the familiar as unfamiliar draws out the absurdity in the world we have created, allowing us to see our existence anew. It makes our objects and actions seem silly in some cases and ridiculous in others. What has been hidden in normality is exposed. This fresh context brings surprise, and surprise mixed with the absurd usually results in humor.”
—David Holub on Kurt Vonnegut, who was born on this day in 1922. Read more from a Vonnegut roundtable held earlier this year here.

theparisreview:

“Treating the familiar as unfamiliar draws out the absurdity in the world we have created, allowing us to see our existence anew. It makes our objects and actions seem silly in some cases and ridiculous in others. What has been hidden in normality is exposed. This fresh context brings surprise, and surprise mixed with the absurd usually results in humor.”

—David Holub on Kurt Vonnegut, who was born on this day in 1922. Read more from a Vonnegut roundtable held earlier this year here.

kateoplis:

'404′ is the Top Word of 2013 followed by 'fail'

The Global Language Monitor has announced that ‘404’ is 2013’s Top Word, ‘Toxic Politics’ the Top Phrase, and ‘Pope Francis’ the Top Name of 2013.
Depressing.


Indeed.

kateoplis:

'404′ is the Top Word of 2013 followed by 'fail'

The Global Language Monitor has announced that ‘404’ is 2013’s Top Word, ‘Toxic Politics’ the Top Phrase, and ‘Pope Francis’ the Top Name of 2013.

Depressing.

Indeed.


I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

 -Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut

I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.

Armistice Day has become Veterans’ Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans’ Day is not.

 -Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut

Awesome in every way.

(Source: that-darned-sock, via darksilenceinsuburbia)