Song of the moment: Shine a Light Lee Brooks

As you may or may not know, dear galleons, I adore Kurt Vonnegut. And, long before I first encountered Cat’s Cradle or Slaughterhouse Five, I read and fell in love with a short story by Vonnegut entitled Harrison Bergeron.

It probably served to set up both my love of Vonnegut and of dystopic stories. Regardless, I found it succinct, inspiring, and heartbreaking. There’s a message among the tragedy of it all, but that is for us- it has no real impact on the world the characters live in. That world is too far gone. I love that about dystopic literature- the ultimate futility of the attempts of the hero(es).

Anyway, last year, Harrison Bergeron was made into a short film entitled 2081. Tonight, I got a chance to watch it. It’s lovely. I strongly suggest that you check it out.

An amusing addition to this post follows in the form of a clip from a 1995 television film called Harrison Bergeron. This will probably only be amusing if you are familiar with the original story- the humor lies in the fact that this version has absolutely no connection to Vonnegut’s actual text. Well, Sean Astin shoots himself in the face… that’s kind of funny, regardless.

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