Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 214 of Oscar Ritchie Hall on Kent State University’s campus.
More information is available at www.kent.edu/wick or by calling the Wick Poetry Center at 330-672-2067.
this afternoon, i started to write a rather snarky review of sir (appointed knight bachelor in 2009) terry pratchett's snuff. then i read about his life and the way he is dealing with alzheimer's. i know the work has to be separate from the man, but i can't be nasty. he's too good a guy.
yes, though at times he is genuinely funny, to the point of making some of the same jokes that i do, and what would be higher praise? at other times, the humor seems pretty forced to me. my own theory is that humor and fantasy have to be used sparingly to be funny.
pratchett ladles on both pretty heavily. the book is a combination of fantasy and science fiction with satire being the third and most predominate genre. his novels have sold more than seventy-five million world wide, so i must be the only person who would rather read a short story by him than a 398 page (snuff) novel. i think hi short pieces must be super.
in an article published mid-2009, pratchett stated that he wishes to commit 'assisted suicide' (although he dislikes that term) before his disease, early on-set alzheimer's, progresses to a critical point. Because of his condition, Pratchett currently writes either by dictating to his assistant, Rob Wilkins, or by using speech recognition software.
following are some delightful light touches by pratchett: vime, our hero, is unhappy in the country,'... at five o'clock in the morning mother nature pressed a button and the world went mad: every blessed bird and animal and, by the sound of it, alligator vied with all the others to make itself heard.'
and another, 'oh yes, he recalled, that was another bloody thing about the country . it (the day)started too damn early.'
vimes speaking of his wife, says, 'she's got me marked down for balls, dances, dinners, and, oh yes, soire'ees,' he finished in the tones of a man genetically programmed to distrust any word with an acute accent in it.'
pratchett can be charmingly funny. his alternate universe can serve to demonstrate some flaws with our own. and i wish him well.
snuff is published by harper collins
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