What can Kurt Vonnegut's classic sci-fi novel, Cat's Cradle, tell us about video-game culture? A whole heck of a lot, as a matter of fact.
I have to admit, the book is more applicable to gaming culture than I would have guessed.
Wow, that's pretty awesome. Makes me wish I read more books...
No damn cat, and no damn cradle.
Vonnegut is easily my favorite author, partly because he's funny as Hell, partly because he makes a nerd like me read about important events like the Dresden bombing by sticking in space aliens and time travel but mostly because every one of his books is packed with genuine philosophy that is directly applicable to real life. Thanks for the article, you did for Vonnegut what Vonnegut did for humanism .i.e. helped people who might not otherwise be bothered to read up on it gain an interest by relating it to things they're already interested in and making it funny. For anyone interested in getting into Vonnegut though, I'd have to say you should start with Slaughterhouse five. It's his most famous book and probably the best indicator of everything he does from the sci-fi to the philosophy to the black comedy, it's a good all rounder. Cat's cradle is amazing but might take a bit long to get weird and science fictiony for a nerd like you (yes, you are) to read first. Breakfast of champions is my favorite book by the guy but I wouldnt recommend going straight to that since it's weeeeeird and basically just billions of great ideas jammed into a story that doesnt really make much sense. The Sirens of Titan might also be a good place to start if you're a sci-fi fan since it's pure mindbending crazy sci-fi from start to finish, perfect if you're already into Douglas Adams (hitchiker's guide). PS. Sorry if this rant seems like I'm trying to hijack the thread but Vonnegut's books are basically my Bible and I tend to turn into a fanatic whenever some mentions his name.
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