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literature

thursday, march 31, 2011

the silhouette’s art & culture magazine • D9

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

The Hedonism Handbook Michael Flocker

Like Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Gallactica and Dr. Who, HGTTG has inspired a generation of lusty nerds whose desperate cravings for the final frontier and female flesh literally created the computer age. Movies have been made about this book, but even the best does not do it justice. The cleverness of Adams’ writing is totally lost on the screen. I’ve hardly read any book more than once, but I’ve read this at least five times. This story is dying to take you places. I always get hooked right at the beginning, where the word yellow wanders through his mind, looking for something to connect with. Next thing I know, I’m at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

I really recommend this for all you students who have demanding parents always wanting more. Your life is about you, and about you being happy. If you can’t get that far, you probably won’t have a good time. If even one per cent of this book sticks, you are already moving in the right direction. This is the perfect thing to read on a hot, sandy beach. What do you really want out of life? Think of it as the exact opposite of self-help books like the The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

Steal This Book Abbie Hoffman

This mother of all trips is truly a blast from the past. Better versions have drawings or include the sequel as well. I love the creative layout of the text. Carroll’s surprisingly sober rants were poetic precursors to 1960s hippie hedonism that were worshipped as psychedelic prose by funky freaks just like your grandma. Alice consistently pleases drug fiends and children everywhere. It works better if you forget any preconceptions you have from the movies, and just accept the text for what it is. Let your mind ride. In the chaotic turns and twists of life, we all need to take a ride down the rabbit’s hole. Let’s party like it’s 1865!

This book is a groovy time machine. The book is like a bible of badness, with tricks just as you would find on a bad Internet site. While on the surface, it reads like a textbook for stealing and conning your way to a bunch of free stuff, it’s really a museum to a lost world. While a few freeloading strategies are relatively timeless, most are long expired. My favourite section covers tricks and techniques for scamming free air travel. Imagine that. Airports so insecure that you could just sort of jump aboard, like Rambo on a city bus. Far out, man! Turn on your favourite ’60s mix and get in touch with your inner freak!

March 31st, 2011  

March 31st, 2011 issue of The Sil

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