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Welcome to the Monkey House Vonnegut does a wonderful job with a short story and while most stories were okay to yeah, I liked it I guess , it s definitely worth it for the few 4 to 5 star ratings Where I Live Venture Traveler s World, October 1964 2 5 Kinda boring and no real plot Just meandering Harrison Bergeron The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1961 5 5 Loved this one science fiction Handicapping people so everything is fair and no one can take unfair advantage because of their lo Vonnegut does a wonderful job with a short story and while most stories were okay to yeah, I liked it I guess , it s definitely worth it for the few 4 to 5 star ratings Where I Live Venture Traveler s World, October 1964 2 5 Kinda boring and no real plot Just meandering Harrison Bergeron The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1961 5 5 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 best Who Am I This Time The Saturday Evening Post, 16 December 1961 3 5 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 shell Welcome to the Monkey House Playboy, January 1968 4 5 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 you numb from the waist down Another sad but true, although I don t quite agree with the jab against religion in this one Long Walk to Forever Ladies Home Journal, August 1960 3 5 A military man visits a woman he s in love with and who s about to get married The Foster Portfolio Collier s Magazine, 8 September 1951 2 5 Nothing really exciting here A financial consultant consults a man who s reasons for how he manages his money arethan they seem Miss Temptation The Saturday Evening Post, April 21 1956 3 5 An actress struts her stuff, but is brought down for no reason she can help All the King s Horses Collier s Magazine, 10 Feb 1951 5 5 A game of chess becomes a game of survival Definitely one of the best of the collection Tom Edison s Shaggy Dog Collier s Magazine, 14 March 1953 4 5 A funny story about a really annoying me monster Brian Regen who corners a man in the park New Dictionary The New York Times, October 1966 3 5 Who hasn t looked up dirty words in the dictionary Next Door Cosmopolitan, April 1955 4 5 Pretty funny story about a kid who hears fighting next door and tries to help Assume makes a what out of whom More Stately Mansions Collier s Magazine, 22 December 1951 3 5 Quaint story about interior decorating The Hyannis Port Story 3 5 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 fan D.P Ladies Home Journal, August 1953 3 5 A kid in a prison camp meets his father Report on the Barnhouse Effect Collier s Magazine, 11 February 1950 3 5 SciFi Barnhouse is a scientist who discovers an interesting talent he has The Euphio Question Collier s Magazine, 12 May 1951 4 5 SciFi An interesting discovery leads to happiness although it sthan you bargain for Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son Ladies Home Journal, July 1962 3 5 A famous actress and her fifth husband have some work done on their bathroom Deer in the Works Esquire, April 1955 3.5 5 An owner of a newspaper decides he needs somethingsecure and gets hired on at a large corporation Say bye bye to your freedom The Lie The Saturday Evening Post 24 February 1962 3.5 5 About a father s excitement for his son to enter boarding school Unready to Wear Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1953 4 5 SciFi Bodies are really just a pain in the neck aren t they The Kid Nobody Could Handle The Saturday Evening Post, 24 September 1955 2 5 A boy who s been neglected all his life acts out Actions speak louder than words The Manned Missiles Cosmopolitan, July 1958 4 5 This was a really emotional tale about two astronauts fathers writing each other whose sons recently died EPICAC Collier s Magazine, 25 November 1950 4 5 SciFi Our narrator has a discussion with the smartest machine in the world Adam Cosmopolitan, April 1954 3 5 This one was definitely close to home for me, I have a seven month old Babies are great Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Galaxy Science Fiction, January 1954 4 5 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 noresources The story is available to read online, courtesy of the Saturday Evening Post Link in the Goodreads book details.Susanna, a 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 The story is available to read online, courtesy of the Saturday Evening Post Link in the Goodreads book details.Susanna, a 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 a collection of Kurt Vonnegut s shorter works Originally printed in publications as diverse as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Atlantic Monthly, these superb stories share Vonnegut s audacious sense of humor and extraordinary range of creative vision Alternative cover edition here 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 missing you to unlock their meaning and beauty. 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 you feel good In 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 spoiler I know this exactly because I ve tried Euphi 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 you feel good In 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 spoiler I know this exactly because I ve tried Euphio hide spoiler The story centres on whether or not a Euphiophone machine can be commercialised, and if so would it be ethical to sell happiness, and what price can you put on it Ultimately, Vonnegut comes down on the side that happiness must be earned and the blissful feelings induced by Euphiophone will leave the person in a miserable state of withdrawal and dissatisfaction when the Euphiophone is not operating Happiness, though, being earned, is avalid emotion and will endure.There is also the implication that if there was such a thing available easily if not freely, that the apathy would destroy society, would mean that no one would really be happy because they couldn t be bothered to get off their asses and go and do something to earn it 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 world.So 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 foot No, she says.An inch Not quite, she says.Suddenly, he changes his tone Every inch, he says 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 world.So 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 foot No, she says.An inch Not quite, she says.Suddenly, 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 it.Ever 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 Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of stories I ve read.Rating it accurately is as difficult as ever Should it be based off of the best stories Or all of them I don t know.What I do know is Harrison Bergeron, Welcome to the Monkey House, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, EPICAC, Where I Live, and The Euphio Question are some of the best shorts ever written.Much like Vonnegut s other novels, they re strangely scientific with quirky characters, great dialogue, and plenty of c Welcome to the Monkey House is the best collection of stories I ve read.Rating it accurately is as difficult as ever Should it be based off of the best stories Or all of them I don t know.What I do know is Harrison Bergeron, Welcome to the Monkey House, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, EPICAC, Where I Live, and The Euphio Question are some of the best shorts ever written.Much like Vonnegut s other novels, they re strangely scientific with quirky characters, great dialogue, and plenty of comedic moments.The rest of the stories weren t so great to write about Some of them are pretty out there, though, if that s your thing 1982 January 62014 October 3Where I Live Keenly observed I wonder what an update would be like 50 years on Harrison Bergeron This one has aged a bit, but it s still good.Who Am I This Time I vividly recall the American Playhouse production with Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken Magic.Welcome 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 1982 January 62014 October 3Where I Live Keenly observed I wonder what an update would be like 50 years on Harrison Bergeron This one has aged a bit, but it s still good.Who Am I This Time I vividly recall the American Playhouse production with Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken Magic.Welcome 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 suicide.Long 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 other, said Newt, Through leaves,over 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 ever.The Foster Portfolio Heh.Miss 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 you,a point which still continues to elude many supposed adults even today.All the King s Horses A rather dark musing on war, but not too dark.Tom Edison s Shaggy Dog Just perfectly amusing.New Dictionary Would go well paired with David Foster Wallace s review of dictionaries.Next Door Oh, my.More 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 quirky, possibly annoying as hell character And also, the obsession with having the perfect home has only become stronger andwidespread.The Hyannis Port Story Another really sweet story that still manages to be cynical and funny.D.P Vonnegut writes children so well, so real Not at all like Salinger s improbable paragons A most unusual war story.Report on the Barnhouse Effect Interesting to compare this with LeGuin s Lathe of Heaven in focus and tone and characterization.The Euphio Question Amusingly presented.Go 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 days Deer in the Works I d say this one has exerted a small but deeply felt influence over my whole world view.The Lie Vonnegut can be warmly sympathetic to unlikely characters.Unready to Wear No question that I love this story.The Kid Nobody Could Handle An appreciation of the importance of finding one s home, in every sense.The 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 space.EPICAC Unlike some of his peers, Vonnegut can easily imagine a brilliant mathematician who happens to be a woman.Adam Another sweet story that isn t sentimental at all.Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Boy was the population explosion a big deal.It s beenthan 30 years 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 by.Kindle library copy Every epoch tells its stories its own way and Kurt Vonnegut managed to catch the spirit of the last midcentury perfectly The Year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal They weren t only equal before God and the law They were equal every which way Nobody was smarter than anybody else Nobody was better looking than anybody else Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.The absolute conformity is a paradise for politicians The tales may be mockingly dystopian, vaguely romantic or ju Every epoch tells its stories its own way and Kurt Vonnegut managed to catch the spirit of the last midcentury perfectly The Year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal They weren t only equal before God and the law They were equal every which way Nobody was smarter than anybody else Nobody was better looking than anybody else Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.The absolute conformity is a paradise for politicians The tales may be mockingly dystopian, vaguely romantic or just everyday life scenes but everything is tinted with a slenderly blackish humour and somewhat bitter irony And every story exudes an inimitable psychedelic aura Now I understand you poor fish, I said You couldn t get along without fear That s the only skill you ve got how to scare yourselves and other people into doing things That s the only fun you ve got, watching people jump for fear of what you ll do to their bodies or take away from their bodies Time passes some things change and some things remain the same 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 curmudg 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 peace.A 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 years 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 him.A 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