Sept 2013 - Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

After a hilariously disappointing Japanese read, we have decided to play it safe this month and read Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano. Here is the blurb from Amazon:

First novel by Kurt Vonnegut, published in 1952 and reissued in 1954 as Utopia 14. This anti-utopian novel employs the standard science-fiction formula of a futuristic world run by machines and of one man's futile rebellion against that world.

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  • Prem

    Hey all. Great conversation today. I can't wait to explore the themes inherent in crabs and telekinesis next time. Here are two sort of articles I was talking about. The economist one about the divide between "the engineers" and the rest from Player Piano:

    http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21586581-economist-asks-provocative-questions-about-future-social-mobility-american

    And this is Manna, not really a short story(the characterization is nonexistant) but more of a thought experiment on how society might get automated away, and a sort of utopian and dystopian reaction:


    http://www.marshallbrain.com/manna1.htm

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • Dane O.

      Thanks for the posts! That article was a very interesting read, I'll check out the story when I have a bit more time. Yeah the conversation was great tonight. I'm sure the crabs in Night of the Crabs are really a metaphor for the revolt of the underprivileged against the proletariat. We'll see...

      1 · September 24, 2013

    • Cassie M.

      Or perhaps the crabs represent the hydra of modernity: an ever-changing, multi-clawed chaos of problems and progress that assaults a man before he is ready.

      September 25, 2013

  • Joseph

    I'm almost at Dana's Roasting Company.

    September 24, 2013

  • Neil Da C.

    Location update: Dana's Roasting Company. Red Rock was packed.

    September 24, 2013

  • Janine

    Hey all. I'm camped out upstairs getting some work done. Hopefully some space will clear up later for us but come find me up here

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I get off work at 7:30...is it okay if I run a little late?

    September 17, 2013

    • Dane O.

      Of course! We have people who show up early and some who show up late, we usually hang out til about 9pm or so, depending on how lively the conversation is.

      September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good! Thanks!

      September 17, 2013

  • Neil Da C.

    On the front page:
    The group as a whole will vote. Note: Voting criteria may include, but is not limited, to the following: most intriguing plot, cleverest argument, prettiest cover, a fanciful whim, most lucrative bribe, blackmail, etc. The winner gets a free cup of coffee (size, flavor, and style of their choosing).

    Has this ever been done?

    August 28, 2013

    • Dane O.

      You know in the year that I've been here I've never seen anyone win coffee, so I think that part of things has been dropped. Also we don't always meetup at coffee shops. We could definitely talk about instituting some kind of prize to whomever's book gets chosen, that might help motivate more people to come prepared with a nomination for each month.

      August 28, 2013

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