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THE OCTOBER COUNTRY

… that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coalbins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain…

Ray Bradbury

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oktober 18th, 2016 at 4:00 pm

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Cats don’t know that people are writing books about them that are splashed all over the best-seller lists and that millions of people are laughing at books filled with cat cartoons. If you were to show a book full of cat cartoons to a cat: Frankly it wouldn’t give a damn.

Richard Brautigan, An Unfortunate Woman.

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august 7th, 2016 at 9:30 am

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She made the whole era seem worthwhile as it came to its end. R. A. Lafferty, “St Poleander’s Eve” (1979)

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juli 28th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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The most important message of a crucifix, was how cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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juli 27th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Otto had outdone Otto again tonight.

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juli 26th, 2016 at 8:30 am

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“Nobody who lived through the ’50s thought the ’60s could’ve existed. So there’s always hope.” (Tuli Kupferberg)

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juli 12th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

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Hvis det kunne betale sig at arbejde, blev de fattige født uden arme. (Frit efter Bertolt Brecht)

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juli 7th, 2016 at 11:00 am

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“I have a notion,” said the young female bear Dubu, “that the answer to all the hard questions are written on the inside of one single Acorn somewhere. This particular acorn, if placed in lye-water, will swell to a billion times its original size, and then it will burst open. And whole mountains-full of writing will come tumbling out of it. Then everyone can come and read it and enjoy it and know everything. The only difficulty is knowing which acorn in the world is the right one. I believe that there are clues pointing directly to the right acorn, but we do not notice them because they are so big and so plain and so close to our noses.” R. A. Lafferty, Serpent’s Egg (1987)

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juni 18th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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“In television, images are projected at you. You are the screen. The images wrap around you. You are the vanishing point. This creates a sort of inwardness, a sort of reverse perspective.” – Marshall McLuhan.

“The TV image is nothing but a screen, not even that: a miniaturized terminal that, in fact, is immediately located in your head—you are the screen, and the TV watches you—it transistorizes all the neurons and passes through like a magnetic tape—a tape, not an image.” – Jean Baudrillard

“In her sophisticated eyes I was already becoming a kind of emotional cassette, taking my place with all those scenes of pain and violence that illuminated the margins of our lives – television newsreels of wars and student riots, natural disasters and police brutality which we vaguely watched on the colour TV set in our bedroom as we masturbated each other… Even my own pain as I lay in the hospital bed… seemed extensions of that real world of violence calmed and tamed within our television programmes and the pages of news magazines.” – J.G. Ballard

“The TV tube is like a flagging piece of nervous tissue—you need a bigger and bigger charge to get a kick out of it.” – J.G. Ballard

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marts 25th, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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‘It was all strong talk with the horns and hooves still on it.’ (R. A. Lafferty, The Devil is Dead)

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februar 13th, 2016 at 11:39 pm

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There was a chorus of cicadas about them and below. And Papapaleologus the donkey was chomping grass in the narrow glen beneath their feet. The moon lacked a week of being full, but the night was very bright. Here on top was nothing but rocks and gnarled old branches and stump trees. That is the way the top of the world always looks. But by Greek moon it was even stranger. Moonlight is different in Greece. As you know, it was the Greeks who invented the moon.

Anastasia sat on the blanket and could see the sea on all sides of the island. Finnegan lay with his head on her lap. Her legs were the color of moonlight and her head was like that of Diana.

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Finnegan’s head was that of a gargoyle, but no matter. They also are noble, or at least they are fitting on a night like this.

(R. A. Lafferty, The Devil is Dead, 1971)

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Each of us has his mirror, and mine is more often the microscope. But we cannot see ourselves as we are until we see ourselves distorted. That is why Snuffles is also a mirror for all of us here. We can’t understand why we’re serious until we know why he’s funny. (R. A. Lafferty, “Snuffles”, 1960)

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februar 6th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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The stars look very different today …

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januar 11th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Forståelsen er sin egen forlængerledning. (Viggo Madsen)

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“It’s an open question whether women or bears are the stranger species.” (R.A. Lafferty)

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december 24th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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“Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery.” (Marshall McLuhan)

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december 14th, 2015 at 8:00 am

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There are too many of us and we are all too far apart. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift via Mads Dam

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One of the good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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december 4th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Let us devote to unselfishness the frenzy we once gave gold and underpants. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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december 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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december 1st, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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I stand and say that I am the medium of all things, that there are as many things smaller than me as there are larger. But the meanest parasite in a sub-atomic civilization may say the same thing, and so may the shambling oaf whose outline is made up of clustered galaxies. But I ask you: Does this go on forever, or is it circular? The people (or is it the robots?) say that people and robots alternate in cycles. People make robots. Then, after a million years, the robots make people again. Then the robots die out and the people reign alone. After a decent interval, the people make robots again. And the people die once more. There have been many of these cycles. We ourselves are neither people nor robots, though I do not at the moment remember just what we are. R. A. Lafferty, “Symposium” (1973)

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november 30th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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There are those who pretend to a greater antiquity for mankind on earth, but the fact is that we are boys only and have all the awkwardness of boys. R. A. Lafferty, Okla Hannali (1972)

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november 29th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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“The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody. This of all miseries is the coldest.” (Victor Hugo)

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november 28th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 27th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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A plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. The Beatles did. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 26th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 24th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 15th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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I have this disease late at night sometimes, involving alcohol and the telephone. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 14th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 13th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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The most daring thing to do with your life is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 13th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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How nice–to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 9th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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This is my principal objection to life, I think: It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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november 5th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Our government’s got a war on drugs. That’s certainly better then no drugs at all. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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oktober 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Doctor O’Claire, it has been said that a heresy is the revenge of a forgotten truth. I say that every monstrous appearance or movement is the revenge of a strength or variety unused, of a vitality untapped in us. And it looks like a good year for monsters.

R. A. Lafferty, Fourth Mansions (1969)

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oktober 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Mary Deare Dander now had large and glittering thousand-facet insect-type eyes. They would have appeared very ugly to anybody who was born before yesterday, but there were now no such persons. Now everybody was wearing a button that read “I was born anew this morning.” Such persons will soon come to accept and even love thousand-faceted, ugly, insect-type eyes. At least a dozen of the facets of the strange eyes were meaningful, for with them Mary could focus in on scenes on a dozen different worlds including Cloud-Nine Planet. This might be an advantage some time. The enlarged eyes were too big to remain in Mary’s head, so now they were two throbbing, living, baseball-sized, bloodshot-in-seven-colors eyes on the front of Mary Deare’s face.

These new eyes would be the next fashion for the beautiful women of the world, the Augen-Laugen or Lye-in-the-Eye look. Already such orbs were being installed in leading ladies at a million dollars a throw, and both the numbers of them and the price would pick up. Oh yes, objectively they were very ugly, but who was still objective nowadays? Their introduction was part of the upgrading of the sense of beauty for the people of World, the upgrading that would have to be completed before the Cloud-Nine people themselves could appear.

~R. A. Lafferty, ‘Something Rich and Strange’ (1986)

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I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of reward or punishment after I’m dead. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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oktober 3rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Evita had finally emerged from the monster, glistening with blood and gore, and bearing a great arm-load of Devil brains. R.A. Lafferty, Past Master, 1968.

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september 30th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Look at the mean eyes of that catfish! R.A Lafferty: ‘All Pieces of a River Shore’ (1970)

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september 24th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Papa Hegel he say that all we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. I know people who can’t even learn from what happened this morning. Hegel must have been taking the long view. (John Brunner)

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september 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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“No respecter of evidence has ever found the least clue as to what life is all about, and what people should do with it.” (Kurt Vonnegut)

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september 22nd, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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The two prime movers in the Universe are Time and Luck. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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september 20th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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There is plenty of mud and all of it is good. Spirits of Catfish protect us now! R.A. Lafferty: ‘Boomer Flats’ (1971)

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september 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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People don’t come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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september 18th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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She hugged a lamp post and her heart beat like it would fight its way out of her body. R.A. Lafferty: ‘Through Other Eyes’ (1960)

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september 16th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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There is a tragic flaw in our Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. (Kurt Vonnegut)

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september 13th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Can a fish be only an imagining in the mind of a parasite that’s in its own stomach? R.A. Lafferty: Annals of Klepsis (1983)

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september 12th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Wolves often dig graves for giants, and then they direct the people away from them so the giants won’t be disturbed. R.A. Lafferty, East of Laughter, 1988

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september 11th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don’t you wish you could have something named after you? (Kurt Vonnegut)

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september 10th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” Charles Dickens, “Nicholas Nickleby”.

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