This is the title of yet another of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story collection, early generation computing machine) and ipecac – as in the well known. from the reprint in Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut, ed. by Robert Merrill .. 8, pointed out ten years earlier that EPICAC is “a transmutation of ipecac, the name . Dive deep into Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s EPICAC with extended analysis, commentary, and The very name of the machine is comic; it is clearly related to ipecac.

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Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Share Facebook Twitter Email. You are the first conformation I have had that someone else saw the same TV movie. On balance, I think so.

He decides to ask Pat to marry him, but because he is so stoic during the proposal, Pat declines. I tend to remember, way back when I was young, aboutthere was a Valentines Day special where this same story was produced with Bill Bixby.

Retrieved 5 June October 26, at 6: September 25, at Epicac deals with a familiar Vonnegut theme – the negative effects of technology on human relationships. In the screen interpretation, Eric Noval Garwin Sanford plays a workaholic computer programmer madly in love with a colleague whom he has known since graduate school. Vonnegut’s novels and short stories enjoyed considerable popularity in the s; these light-hearted screen interpretations could be used to introduce a new generation of readers to his work.

BooksMoviesPersonal. Johnnie Rico starts out in high school, joins the Federation forces on a whim, goes through basic training and is now involved in the disastrous invasion of Klendathu, following the destruction of Buenos Aires. In order to show that he can in fact be “sweet” and “poetic” as Pat has requested, the narrator tries yet fails at writing poetry.

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When Pat reads this poem she is so overwhelmed that she can do little else but cry. You are commenting using your Facebook account. When Eric feeds the computer Lisa’s entire security file, Epi comes up with a fool-proof plan to make her fall in love – with him!

Good, but it vpnnegut like maybe he was trying to squeeze a little too much into one book, especially in the first half. The next day the narrator receives an urgent call from his supervisor. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The narrator takes this poem and passes it off as his own. The narrator agrees because he will have a full year to devise another way to create poetry.

He the computer has a distinctively male voice can also respond to oral or written input, and makes astonishingly accurate political predictions. Welcome to the Monkey House.

A Taste of Ipecac: Reading Update – Breakfast of Champions and Starship Troopers

All the Vonnegut books were free on the Kindle Lending Library last month. References to Ceausescu’s Romania, Saddam Hussein, and Tiananmen Square give an updated feel to Epicac, while some black-and-white shots, period clothing and vintage automobiles provide a s feeling in The Foster Portfolio. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved 21 October Boy was that impression wrong. However, instead of simply creating poetry as with previous requests, EPICAC surprises the narrator by saying that it would like to marry Pat.

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EPICAC (short story)

You are commenting using your WordPress. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Imagine that — not too different from a current stereotype, huh? September 15, at Retrieved 13 November Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The narrator now has enough anniversary ipecad to keep his vow to Vonneyut for centuries to come, and is relieved by this gesture from his friend.

Lisa Ally Sheedy has an artistic, passionate side to her nature and “longs to view the world from the perspective of the poet”; Eric is narrowly focused on his work and has little time or enthusiasm for other pursuits.

In The Foster PortfolioJohn Cryer plays “Slippy” Carter, an arrogant investment counsellor who is tired of “nickel and dime accounts” and dreams of being on Nelson Rockefeller’s payroll. VHS cassette, 25 min. Email required Address never made public.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Anyway, things proceed swimmingly and the operator begins to think about marriage.

Anyone else remember this? They share a kiss and later he asks the computer to write another poem about the kiss.