Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading. Currently can only be used by a single user (myself), but I plan to extend it to support multiple users eventually.

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11

"Socialism" is no more an evil word than "Christianity." Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal and shall not starve.

can't believe i read this a decade ago without really paying attention to the socialism part. i could have been converted A DECADE AGO

though tbh I don't really agree with his pro-Christianity points but the argument isn't bad for people who are pro-Christian

—p.11 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

"Socialism" is no more an evil word than "Christianity." Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal and shall not starve.

can't believe i read this a decade ago without really paying attention to the socialism part. i could have been converted A DECADE AGO

though tbh I don't really agree with his pro-Christianity points but the argument isn't bad for people who are pro-Christian

—p.11 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago
56

[...] we have contraptions like computers that cheat you out of becoming. Bill Gates says, "Wait till you can see what your computer can become." But it's you who should be doing the becoming, not the damn fool computer. What you can become is the miracle you were born to be through the work that you do.

(I assume that by work he doesn't necessarily mean that which is exploited by the capitalist, but rather, what you accomplish in your life)

—p.56 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

[...] we have contraptions like computers that cheat you out of becoming. Bill Gates says, "Wait till you can see what your computer can become." But it's you who should be doing the becoming, not the damn fool computer. What you can become is the miracle you were born to be through the work that you do.

(I assume that by work he doesn't necessarily mean that which is exploited by the capitalist, but rather, what you accomplish in your life)

—p.56 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago
80

I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, "Isaac is up in heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favourite joke.

oh man I remember this from when I first read it!!! memory lane etc

i think i actually read this book BEFORE he died which makes it even harder to read this passage now

—p.80 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, "Isaac is up in heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in heaven now." That's my favourite joke.

oh man I remember this from when I first read it!!! memory lane etc

i think i actually read this book BEFORE he died which makes it even harder to read this passage now

—p.80 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago
87

So I am a man without a country, except for the librarians and a Chicago paper called In These Times.

I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T LOOK UP IN THESE TIMES BEFORE. OMG. TALK ABOUT WASTED OPPORTUNITY. I COULD HAVE READ IT + WRITTEN SOMETHING FOR THEM AGES AGO

—p.87 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

So I am a man without a country, except for the librarians and a Chicago paper called In These Times.

I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T LOOK UP IN THESE TIMES BEFORE. OMG. TALK ABOUT WASTED OPPORTUNITY. I COULD HAVE READ IT + WRITTEN SOMETHING FOR THEM AGES AGO

—p.87 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago
131

There are old poops who will say that you do not become a grown-up until you have somehow survived, as they have, some famous calamity--the Great Depression, the Second World War, Vietnam, whatever. Storytellers are responsible for this destructive, not to say suicidal, myth. Again and again in stories, after some terrible mess, the character is able to say at last, "Today I am a woman. Today I am a man. The end."

When I got home from the Second World War, my Uncle Dan clapped me on the back, and he said, "You're a man now." So I killed him. Not really, but I felt like doing it.

—p.131 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago

There are old poops who will say that you do not become a grown-up until you have somehow survived, as they have, some famous calamity--the Great Depression, the Second World War, Vietnam, whatever. Storytellers are responsible for this destructive, not to say suicidal, myth. Again and again in stories, after some terrible mess, the character is able to say at last, "Today I am a woman. Today I am a man. The end."

When I got home from the Second World War, my Uncle Dan clapped me on the back, and he said, "You're a man now." So I killed him. Not really, but I felt like doing it.

—p.131 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 1 year, 2 months ago