Ya'll, I went to heaven this past weekend, or Barnes and Noble if you want to be politically correct about it. At the recommendation of one of my online bookish friends, I read “Mother Night” back in November, and have devoured every Kurt Vonnegut book I can get my hands on since. I read “Cat’s Cradle” next, and just finished “Player Piano”, which was the very first novel he wrote back in 1952. I honestly don’t know why he isn’t more popular. He was a witty satirist and pretty damn awesome at dystopian world building. Anyhow, I spent way too much money on books while I was there and bought two more Vonnegut’s; “Welcome To The Monkey House”, and “The Sirens Of Titan”. Currently reading the first.
Next most exciting thing that happened to me last week, I hit a deer with my car. I was given a tiny car to drive, while the repair shop does four grand worth of repairs on it. I hate this car, I hate this car, I hate it. I have slammed my head into the side of the door 5 times now getting into the damn thing. It's a Ford something, and I hate it. I will have to be admitted for a concussion before it's all over, but it's fine, it's fine.
p.s. The tiny car below is not my rental, but its pretty damn close.
When I’m not reading, and smashing my brains out on this tiny car; I have been listening to Jordan Peterson lectures on YouTube. I swear, it does the best thing ever for my soul when I hear him talk. I have been in a real slump for a while now and it always makes me feel better to hear him ramble about lobsters and feelings and stuff.
He did a talk at “How to: Academy”, and I listened to the whole thing yesterday. He really is a true and honest thinker, and is so passionate. He says to stand up straight, clean your damn room, and listen to people! Hi lectures are definitely more meaty than that, but those are good points he makes in this talk. The last thing he says, and is so damn timely right now is, "Until the entire world is redeemed, we all fall short." I am not sure I have heard truer words spoken in my life. Why can’t we all be that free and passionate about our truths? My own personal fears of judgment and rejection, which I can imagine is shared by probably most everybody, are what hinder me. He also has a new book out, which I just purchased on Amazon, called “The 12 Rules of Life”.
I'm off to finish edits on Sheila's book and spend the weekend reading this Vonnegut.
“You are important to other people, as much as to yourself. You have some vital role to play in the unfolding destiny of the world. You are, therefore, morally obliged to take care of yourself. You should take care of, help and be good to yourself the same way you would take care of, help and be good to someone you loved and valued.”-JP