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Everyone misses it.
on 18 July 1998
The reviewers of ALL modern satire on these Amazon pages (Pynchon, Vonnegut, Robbins, etc.) just aren't able to "put it together." Every single writer of this vein is drawing inspiration from the same well. No one seems interested in going down to the well, so I will.
In Hocus Pocus, Vonnegut constructs the image of the disgruntled professor who produces a work of art entitled "The Complicated Futility of Ignorance." This pessimistic display upsets the optimistic outlook of the average American who examines it. Naturally. What do we make of this?
Vonnegut is trying to poke fun at the READER. That is what every single one of the modern satirists is doing, folks. They provide good mental candy that stimultes a quick rush, and then they are disposed. Seeing as the relationship between author and reader is akin to the "one-night stand," the author has decided he is going to have the upper hand in the relationship.
The second la! w of thermodynamics is REAL. Entropy is a REAL principle. Every cotton-picking thing is going to fall apart and lead to ultimate catastrophe regardless of whether men and women think this is wrong. It just doesn't matter what we think. This is an established FACT. In the light of this inevitability, the modern satirist, such as Vonnegut in this work, pokes fun at the ignorant dupe who is busy reading pulp literature when the Apocalypse is a verifiable reality. "Hocus Pocus," the joke's on you. The end IS going to happen. "And castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually......" Get it? I hope someone does.