Billy Pilgrim V. Donald Draper…….Creating Alternate Universes

Best Experienced With:          Smashing Pumpkins;     Muzzle

(Please right click the link below to open the suggested background music for this evening’s treatise in a new browser window.   A celebration of the magic that is Hostess snack cakes, a juxtaposition of Donald Draper & Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim and, for the adventurous…..marmoset juggling.)

I have become unstuck in time.


“On Tralfamadore you learn that the world is just a collection of moments all strung together in beautiful random order. And if we’re going to survive it’s up to us to concentrate on the good moments and ignore the bad.”

“This is the greatest advertising opportunity since the invention of cereal. We have six identical companies making six identical products. We can say anything we want. How do you make your cigarettes?”

“Everything is all right, and everybody has to do exactly what he does.”

“Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.”

“You see it’s time for you to go home – to your lives and your children. It’s time for me to be dead for a little while. And then live again. I give you the Tralfamadorian greeting: Hello. Farewell. Hello. Farewell. Eternally connected, eternally embracing. Hello. Farewell.”

“Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.”

“On Tralfamadore, says Billy Pilgrim, there isn’t much interest in Jesus Christ. The Earthling figure who is most engaging to the Tralfamadorian mind, he says, is Charles Darwin – who taught that those who die are meant to die, that corpses are improvements. So it goes.”

“It’s your life. You don’t know how long it’s gonna last, but you know it doesn’t end well. You’ve gotta move forward… as soon as you can figure out what that means.”

“If what Billy Pilgrim learned from the Tralfamadorians is true, that we will all live forever, no matter how dead we may sometimes seem to be, I am not overjoyed. Still–if I am going to spend eternity visiting this moment and that, I’m grateful that so many of those moments are nice.”

“The reason you haven’t felt it is because it doesn’t exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You’re born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget. I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.”

And the world is drawn into your hands.   And the world is etched upon your heart.




Some of you joined for the marmoset juggling.   Here you go.  Please take three and keep in mind that it is a single elimination competition.   On your mark, get set…..


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