A student of mine recently asked whether Billy Pilgrim, the protagonist (for lack of a better word) of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, has, within the context of the narrative (such as it is) really experienced a close encounter with aliens or simply lost his mind. The question is certainly valid. When I first read the…Read more Is Billy Pilgrim Crazy?
Apparently professional athletes had begun to tire of saying “Gimme five!” and had, instead, taken to giving each other a new form of greeting-cum-congratulatory gesture. This, I would argue, is where everything went to hell.