Vonnegut address revisited

Ron Resnick (resnick@interlog.com)
Sun, 10 May 1998 13:06:08 -0400

FoRKers who were around a year ago will remember being part
of the duped majority who (briefly) thought Vonnegut had
given the faux MIT address. Looks like he's at it again,
only for real this time:


> Vonnegut to deliver first
> graduation address since
> Internet hoax
> Web posted on: Friday, May 08, 1998 2:07:09 PM EDT
> HOUSTON (AP) -- A pearl of wisdom Kurt Vonnegut never
> uttered might serve him well during his trip to hot and sunny
> Houston this weekend: Wear sunscreen.
> The novelist is scheduled to send this spring's crop of Rice
> University graduates off into the world Saturday. It will be his
> first commencement address since a piece of e-mail that made
> its way through the Internet last year erroneously attributed a
> graduation speech containing the sunscreen wisecrack to
> Vonnegut.

He does, though, compliment gen-x types, with:

> Despite the hoax, Vonnegut said he believes the current
> college-age generation looks at television and other mass media
> with a more critical eye than its parents did.
> "Baby boomers had a huge wave of information pouring in from
> all sides and didn't know enough about it to have any reaction
> to it," he said. "This bunch knows all about it and is able to think
> about what it is."

I'm not so sure. I don't think critical appraisal is particularly
visible in any generational grouping.


PS. Seen at: http://www.laphroaig.com/adverts/risks.htm

Why take unnecessary risks?
Stick to your usual bottle of Glenwhatever.
There is nothing safe about single malt. We offer no money
back guarantee if you are not totally satisfied. We are well aware
thet the uncompromising taste of Laphroaig (la-froyg) leads
to extremes. Its pungent,earthy aroma and sweet, heathery
smokiness are just as likely to dissuade as they are to delight.
It's a gamble.But as they say 'nothing ventured...same again?'

Laphroaig - no half measures.
(Image of bottle labelled 'GLENAGAIN - 10 Years of
Buying the same safe whisky')

Snobbery to extremes. Not content just dissing blends, we now
have a single malt dissing the boring, taste-one-taste-'em-all
Glen* Speyside malts :-). Gotta love it!

Since last discussing
malts on FoRK, I've gone on to explore Islay's further -
have Lagavulin (16yr)
& Bowmore (12 yr) currently in stock in addition to Laphroaig.
Am contemplating
ordering a Port Ellen & Laphroaig cask strength from
http://www.whiskyshop.com/ - they will ship to Israel, though
not to US/Canada. Still, if anyone knows of a store I could
find Port Ellen and cask strength Laph in the US (pref. Bay area),
I'd probably rather buy in person on my next trip than have to deal with
customs clearance on a mail order to Israel. Port Ellen, of
course,has been closed for years, and I've never seen it in any duty
free store, so mail order may be the only way to get