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  • Douglas Adams Day

    Today would have been Douglas Adams’ birthday, should have if he had proceeded beyond 2001. He probably wouldn’t have gotten more than one or two books out since then, but I promise you they’d be on my shelf. He’s one of the people unrelated to me that I still haven’t gotten used to being gone, I still feel so strongly that good work should be coming from them (others in particular are Elliott Smith and Phil Hartman).

    Everyone knows the Hitchhiker’s Guide books, but I often recommend Last Chance To See, in which he and Mark Carwardine travel the world to observe endangered species. It’s unique in that it highlights the problem with Adams’ humor, which has the effect of connecting you to the situation much more than the usual documentary on vanishing animals. If you’re missing Douglas too and haven’t read it, then he’s got one more waiting for you.

    Comments

    Comment from spencer curran
    Time: March 11, 2012, 6:42 pm

    the hitch hiker and Dirk Gently novels are the reason I survived middle school and high school. I’ve had last chance to see on my book shelf for a few years now, but I can’t bring myself to open it. It’s the last book I’ll ever get to read of his.
    P.S. Thank you for your input last week on my paper, it’s coming together very nicely.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: March 11, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Spencer, I did the same thing with the first Dirk Gently novel, which was the one I hadn’t read. I waited years because once I read it, that was all of them. But finally I couldn’t stand it and just had to crack it!