Saturday, May 07, 2005

A Blast from the Past

Last night we saw A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Doug Adams was about 32 when his first book hit the stands. It immediately came to best seller status. He had a couple of radio shows before the book that had the same kind of quirky humor. His humor was reflective of a British tradition that includes the likes of Monty Python and Peter Sellers. The movie is well done and has some amusing parts - but I, for one, found it dated. Adams died in 2001 of a heart attack so the final version was completed by others - but I think the movie is true to the book.

His humor had an ironic twist. Here are some of my favorite quotes -

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. (Last Chance to See)
Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner.

There is a wonderful set of his quotes at

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