Kurt Vonnegut Jr.: Welcome to the Monkey House

Is tinted with a slenderly blackish humour and somewhat bitter irony And every story exudes an inimitable psychedelic aura Now I understand ou poor fish I said You couldn t get along without fear That s the only skill Miles to Go (The Walk, you ve got how to scareourselves and other people into doing things That s the only fun The Wake you ve got watching people jump for fear of whatou ll do to their bodies or take away from their bodies Time passes some things change and some things remain the same 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 worldSo 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 footNo she saysAn inchNot uite she saysSuddenly 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 itEver 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 Vonnegut What is happiness What is pleasure Is happiness an emotion that endures that has to be earned and pleasure a temporary reaction to something that makes Circus Act (Spy Pups you feel goodIn this short story radio waves from a distance star are picked up and amplified and the effect on people is much like good weed Everyone hangs out feeling mellow letting the little things go a somewhat deviant idea of what is funny great hilarity and general love view spoilerI know this exactly because I ve tried Euphio hide spoiler 1982 January 62014 October 3Where I Live Keenly observed I wonder what an update would be like 50ears onHarrison Bergeron This one has aged a bit but it s still goodWho Am I This Time I vividly recall the American Playhouse production with Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken MagicWelcome 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 suicideLong Walk to Forever This is the story that made me want to reread the collection particularly A walk said Catharine One foot in front of the othersaid NewtThrough leavesover bridges Vonnegut repeats that line through leaves over bridges several times and it is amazing how much emotion he manages to convey in that utterly prosaic phrase It kills me As does Vonnegut s preferred title Hell to Get Along With which should probably be the title of every proposal story everThe Foster Portfolio HehMiss Temptation I m not Yellowstone Park she said I m not supported by taxes I don t belong to everybody You don t have any right to say anything about the way I look Vonnegut understands and conveys in 1956 mind Daffodil Girls youa point which still continues to elude many supposed adults even todayAll the King s Horses A rather dark musing on war but not too darkTom Edison s Shaggy Dog Just perfectly amusingNew Dictionary Would go well paired with David Foster Wallace s review of dictionariesNext Door Oh myMore 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 uirky possibly annoying as hell character And also the obsession with having the perfect home has only become stronger and widespreadThe Hyannis Port Story Another really sweet story that still manages to be cynical and funnyDP Vonnegut writes children so well so real Not at all like Salinger s improbable paragons A most unusual war storyReport on the Barnhouse Effect Interesting to compare this with LeGuin s Lathe of Heaven in focus and tone and characterizationThe Euphio uestion Amusingly presentedGo Back to Your Precious Wife and Son Oh I love this the contrast between the couples the shower enclosure Why doesn t anyone write stories from the point of view of storm window installers these daysDeer in the Works I d say this one has exerted a small but deeply felt influence over my whole world viewThe Lie Vonnegut can be warmly sympathetic to unlikely charactersUnready to Wear No uestion that I love this storyThe Kid Nobody Could Handle An appreciation of the importance of finding one s home in every senseThe Manned Missiles Perhaps the world didn t go this way because Vonnegut warned us against it Interesting note he thinks Earth will look green from spaceEPICAC Unlike some of his peers Vonnegut can easily imagine a brilliant mathematician who happens to be a womanAdam Another sweet story that isn t sentimental at allTomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Boy was the population explosion a big dealIt s been than 30ears since I first read this book and a while since I ve read anything else by Vonnegut But rereading I can t help notice how completely I ve absorbed the Vonnegut mindset into my own Most of my favorite authors these days I love for their humanism their warmth their sympathy and their humor Most of that must have come from Vonnegut since I can t recall any one else I read in high school who was similar except Douglas Adams These are not bad people to have been raised byKindle library copy. 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T of the collectionTom Edison s Shaggy Dog Collier s Magazine 14 March 1953 45 A funny story about a really annoying me monster Brian Regen who corners a man in the parkNew Dictionary The New York Times October 1966 35 Who hasn t looked up dirty words in the dictionary Next Door Cosmopolitan April 1955 45 Pretty funny story about a kid who hears fighting next door and tries to help Assume makes a what out of whomMore Stately Mansions Collier s Magazine 22 December 1951 35 uaint story about interior decoratingThe Hyannis Port Story 35 Secret Service calls a Commodore Rumfoord a name that comes up a few times in Vonnegut s work about his son Rumfoord is not a big Kennedy fanDP Ladies Home Journal August 1953 35 A kid in a prison camp meets his fatherReport on the Barnhouse Effect Collier s Magazine 11 February 1950 35 SciFi Barnhouse is a scientist who discovers an interesting talent he hasThe Euphio uestion Collier s Magazine 12 May 1951 45 SciFi An interesting discovery leads to happiness although it s than The Private Lives of the Saints you bargain forGo Back to Your Precious Wife and Son Ladies Home Journal July 1962 35 A famous actress and her fifth husband have some work done on their bathroomDeer in the Works Esuire April 1955 355 An owner of a newspaper decides he needs something secure and gets hired on at a large corporation Say bye bye toour freedomThe Lie The Saturday Evening Post 24 February 1962 355 About a father s excitement for his son to enter boarding schoolUnready to Wear Galaxy Science Fiction April 1953 45 SciFi Bodies are really just a pain in the neck aren t theyThe Kid Nobody Could Handle The Saturday Evening Post 24 September 1955 25 A boy who s been neglected all his life acts out Actions speak louder than wordsThe Manned Missiles Cosmopolitan July 1958 45 This was a really emotional tale about two astronauts fathers writing each other whose sons recently died EPICAC Collier s Magazine 25 November 1950 45 SciFi Our narrator has a discussion with the smartest machine in the worldAdam Cosmopolitan April 1954 35 This one was definitely close to home for me I have a seven month old Babies are greatTomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Galaxy Science Fiction January 1954 45 SciFi Another story about overpopulation in the future In this one because of a new anti aging drug there are so many people each family lives together for generations and there are no resources Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut is a collection of short stories from the 50s and 60s and demonstrates Vonnegut s tremendous range as a writer I have read one critic who did not like Vonnegut saying that all of his novels are essentially the same with his voice and tone narrating each new set of facts I agreed somewhat but still liked the way he writes and have enjoyed every one of his works I have read The stories in this collection however written earlier than most of his novels displays a great variety of themes and models and though Vonnegut s signature humor is evident in many he shows a different often emotional side in many stories Harrison Bergeron the dystopian classic is undoubtedly the most recognizable of these shorts but several others have clearly been influential to other writers and filmmakers Welcome to the Monkey House and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow both address over population but from Vonnegut s uniue perspective Several stories speak to Vonnegut s stance on demilitarization and illuminating the idiocy of industrial war making Stories like DP Adam and Next Door though originally published in Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan reveal an unguarded sentimentality and humanity that is not as evident in much of Vonnegut s later works A very good read 2019 re readKurt Vonnegut s 1968 anthology of previously published short stories is a good introduction to his earlier work Most of these were written in the 50s and early 60s and represent a mainstream side of him that many of his fans and those not et accustomed to his work would not readily recognizeActually I was struck by how much like Ray Bradbury many of these were Stories like Who am I this time and The Foster Portfolio could have been penned by Ray Makes me wonder how much of an influence RB was on KVStories that stand out this time around are The Hyannis Port Story which I remember liking before and Deer in the Works which was likely connected to his work on his novel Player PianoMost endearing was DP which was first published in the August 1953 edition of the Ladies Home Journal is about a little boy in Germany after the second world war He has brown skin and blue eyes and the sisters in the orphanage and the local villagers accept that he is likely the offspring of a German girl and an American soldier When a group of US soldiers visit the area he takes to one of the men who must surely be his papa Every epoch tells its stories its own way and Kurt Vonnegut managed to catch the spirit of the last midcentury perfectlyThe Year was 2081 and everybody was finally eual They weren t only eual before God and the law They were eual every which way Nobody was smarter than anybody else Nobody was better looking than anybody else Nobody was stronger or uicker than anybody elseThe absolute conformity is a paradise for politiciansThe tales may be mockingly dystopian vaguely romantic or just everyday life scenes but everything. 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A Compendium of Curmudgeonly HumourKurt Vonnegut is a curmudgeon Curmudgeons are often misunderstood and taken for irascible pedants On the contrary they are anything but pedantic 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 The hope is that other people will then have something to talk about with each other and give the curmudgeon some peaceA 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 ears 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 himA 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 In such circumstances his remarks are likely intended not to convince but to undermine He perceives this as healthy cynicism The charm emanates from the fact that he doesn t mind what anyone else thinks of him The combination of the unexpected and the absence of obvious banality helps 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 Almost all have commentary on society especially American society that is as relevant today as it was in the 1950s What are these stories missing You reader It s missin The story is available to read online courtesy of the Saturday Evening Post Link in the Goodreads book detailsSusanna a Mission New York (Scavenger Hunt Adventure young and pretty bit part actress in town for the summer and working at the local theater is in the small local drug store to pick up her morning paper and by chance she meets a local boy Corporal Norman Fuller just returned from the Korean War That s the setting and what transpires between these two displays the genius of Kurt Vonnegut s writing ability You can read it in one sitting and it s worth the time Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of stories I ve readRating it accurately is as difficult as ever Should it be based off of the best stories Or all of them I don t knowWhat I do know is Harrison Bergeron Welcome to the Monkey House Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow EPICAC Where I Live and The Euphio uestion are some of the best shorts ever writtenMuch like Vonnegut s other novels they re strangely scientific with uirky characters great dialogue and plenty of comedic momentsThe rest of the stories weren t so great to write about Vonnegut does a wonderful job with a short story and while most stories were okay toeah I liked it I guess it s definitely worth it for the few 4 to 5 star ratingsWhere I Live Venture Traveler s World October 1964 25 Kinda boring and no real plot Just meanderingHarrison Bergeron The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction October 1961 55 Loved this one science fiction Handicapping people so everything is fair and no one can take unfair advantage because of their looks intelligence physical prowess etc Sad but true and hilarious at the same time exactly what Vonnegut does bestWho Am I This Time The Saturday Evening Post 16 December 1961 35 A play that I guess Vonnegut had to put on Street Car Named Desire I don t know if it s a true story or what but it sounded autobiographical Main actor who acts amazingly in everything and duddy female actor who he is able to bring out of her shellWelcome to the Monkey House Playboy January 1968 45 Another science fiction story where the world is overpopulated and there exists a mandatory pill called ethical birth control that doesn t make it impossible to have children the ethical part but makes ou numb from the waist down Another sad but true although I don t uite agree with the jab against religion in this oneLong Walk to Forever Ladies Home Journal August 1960 35 A military man visits a woman he s in love with and who s about to get marriedThe Foster Portfolio Collier s Magazine 8 September 1951 25 Nothing really exciting here A financial consultant consults a man who s reasons for how he manages his money are than they seemMiss Temptation The Saturday Evening Post April 21 1956 35 An actress struts her stuff but is brought down for no reason she can helpAll the King s Horses Collier s Magazine 10 Feb 1951 55 A game of chess becomes a game of survival Definitely one of the bes. Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s shorter works Originally printed in publicatio.

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Kurt Vonnegut Junior was an American novelist satirist and most recently graphic artist He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001 2003 He was born in Indianapolis later the setting for many of his novels He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943 where he wrote a column for the student newspaper the Cornell Daily Sun Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali