Saturday, January 28

The Deranged Imagination of Douglas Adams

As I predicted, the beginning of school has given me a hunger for life again.  I am reading more, waking up earlier, talking more often and more loudly, smiling, going to bed at ten o'clock on the dot, ironing my clothes, and getting excited for tomorrow.  Annie's naive sentiment that the sun will come out tomorrow is not looking very realistic with all this rain, but yet, I am looking forward to each new day for its oppertunities to spend more time with the people I love at school.  I spent an hour today just deep in conversation with a friend who spent Christmas in Paris, London and Berlin, and it just excited me so much to hear about it.  I'm also twitching with anticipation to resume conversations with T and K.  There's something reenergising about having real living, kicking people around.   
Well, anyway, I suppose the point I just made was that I've actually been reading, and so here is an excerpt. 

Monetary Units: None.
In fact there are three freely convertible currencies in the Galaxy, but none of them count.  The Altairian dollar has recently collapsed, the Flainian Pobble Bead is only exchangeable for other Flainian Pobble Beads, and the Triganic Pu has its own very special problems.  Its exchange rate of eight Ningis to one Pu is simple enough, but since a Ningi is a triangular rubber coin six thousand eight hundred miles long each side, no one has ever collected enough to own one Pu.  Ningis are not negotiable currency, because the Galactibanks refuse to deal in fiddling small change.  From this basic premise it is very simple to prove that the Galactibanks are also the product of a deranged imagination. 

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams, (1980). 

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is just as full to bursting with witty quips as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  That, I suppose, is the thing that makes Douglas Adams appealing to me - his challenging, ridiculous logic and wit that seem to squeem with the perfect words. 

I also was recommended a couple of books, and wondered whether any of you had read them? 

Looking for Alaska by John Green


When God was a Rabbit, the latter being a "quite charming" book, recommended me by someone who recently read and adored Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Therefore, I'm thinking that this could be an exciting new venture for us!

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