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THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesdav iJanuarv 219

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He moralizes,

and he really means it

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is, in the arts if you don't over-
react, you fall asleep .."
"The big advantage of being a
chemistry major (he was as an
undergraduate) was the freedom
to be tasteless."
"There is a similarity between
writers and SDS: Plenty of para-
noia, but no ideas."
"Science fiction is like other,
writing. It is just novels and short
stories with machines."
And it went on last night, as ita
probably will for the rest of his
two week stay, the one-liners that
nevertheless fit into a much larger
scheme. Apart and disassociated,
they are funny enough; but they
seem to develop into something
more when considered with the
rest of his stuff:
What the something more might
be is kind of hard to define. But
if nothing else, they evoke a feel-#
ing of almost embarrassed gentili-
ty that puts the lie to his crowd-
pleasing histrionics.t
He recalled last night a visit to
a convention of college newspaper
editors last summer in Valpa-
raiso, Ind. There, where he was
indeed well-received, the experi-
ence which he remembered well,
enough to relate to last night's
audience was some editors telling
him he should have "moralized"
more.
So, last night, he decided to

"moralize." It went something like
this:
"Be kind. Don't kill for any rea-
son. Don't even kill out of self-
defense. Really - I mean that.
Don't take any more than you
need of anything. Help others.
Now comes the colored chalk
part."
This last was a reference to the
item he used to close his speech,
a brief, humorous "chalk talk" on
the shape of a story (his speech.
after all, was entitled "Teaching
Writers to Write"). But the way
it came on the end of the moral-
izing-which he introduced very
facetiously, and which produced
some laughs-implied this embar-
rassment. He really meant every-
thing he said whenl he moralized.
But that he was a man, a human
being, standing in front of an au-
dience of human beings, and that
he felt that he had to say such.
things at all, this compelled him
to introduce the chalk talk as he
did.
And this probably also compell-
ed him to write Cat's Cradle.
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"Don't even kill out of self-defense"

Alice's Restaurant?
If you go down to Alice's Restaurant, you can't get anything
you want, but you'll find. a -nice place.
Converted from an unused dining room on the first floor of
Alice Lloyd Hall (hence the name), Alice's offers coffee house en-
tertainment ala Canterbury House or the Ark, movies, rock bands,
and also a pleasant place to take a study break during the week.
It opened last Saturday night, with Bob Franke (and his band),
and guitarist Mike Smith. Both were excellent, despite some elec-
trical problems created when Franke's group plugged two mikes,
two amps and an organ into the dormitory's electrical system.
Funny thing was, they found out later .it was the coffee pots
that were causing the trouble.
Alice's has nice cozy tables, and candles, and an atmosphere
that makes it pleasant. Although there are seats for about 120, with
maybe room for 50 more around the back of the room and on the
floor, It was still overcrowded Saturday. More than 200 persons
showed up.
Pleasantly enough, all of the patrons weren't lonely, pimply
girls from Alice Lloyd itself. Maybe half of the audience lived in
the building. The rest of the patrons, from the outside world, dis-
covered a spot the equal of any "coffee house" on campus, and
cheap at that
Because heat and rent and the like come free, 50 cents gets
you Into Alice's from' 9-1 Saturday nights.
The proprietors, volunteers who live in the dorm, have tenta-
tively planned to make Saturday night "coffee house" night. Next
week, Pamela Miles for example.
Friday will become rock night, or movie night. If they can get
hold of a 16mm projector, they plan to show good recent flicks.
The rest of the week, Alice's will be open for coffee and'dough-
nuts, and the jukebox will be plugged in.
The'y need .a Coke machine as an alternative to coffee (one' is
on order), and they need to relocate the stage to provide maximum
viewing ease for everyone.
After that, abou.t all they need is an addition to Alice Lloyd
Hall so they can fit all of their customers in.
If you plan to go on Saturday night, take a date to an early
film 'and. go over afterward.
--JIM NEUBACHER

VONNEGU T
Today, Writer - in - Residence
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., will take
part in a luncheon discussion
with Prof. Marvin Felheim of
the English department on the
topic, "The Paranoid Vision in
A m e r i c a n Literature." The
meeting is scheduled for noon
at Canterbury House.

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