This week was a special treat, as I got to read one of two short stories in the public domain written by Kurt Vonnegut! I haven’t read all that much by him, but he is very much my kind of guy. Specifically, I read “The Big Trip Up Yonder,” which was published in Galaxy Science Fiction, a sci-fi magazine, in 1954. It’s a story about a family in a world that is pretty much post-aging, and explores some of the consequences of that. Personally, I’m still a subscriber to the theory posited by 17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future, but Vonnegut has some good points.
Our compare and contrast for the week was “Stockpiled Guns & TV Dinners” by Mal Blum and “Savage Good Boy” by Japanese Breakfast (this one has a gorgeous music video featuring a guy from The Sopranos, so definitely check it out), two songs about hunkering down and preparing for the apocalypse. And, as it turned out, “The Big Trip Up Yonder” was a little shorter than I expected, so you got two c&cs for the price of one! Before the show started the station was playing “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” by the Arctic Monkeys, which I’ve wanted for a while to compare to “Half Awake” by Saint Sister.
You won’t be able to join me for dinner next week, as I’ll be patronizing a distant diner. But don’t worry, I’ll be back!
Your DJ/Dinner Companion,
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