Tuesday, October 03, 2006


The Salmon of Doubt

As I've mentioned previously, I've been on a bit of a Douglas Adams kick. So I picked up The Salmon of Doubt at the VPL*. TSofD is a compilation of a variety of writings that were put together after Adams's death in 2001, including the unfinished novel that he was working on at the time of his death.

I've compiled my preferred quotations from this book, grouped by topic:

On Atheism:

Adams refers to himself as a "radical atheist," because he was sick of people saying, "Don't you mean you are an agnostic?" I like this term, "radical atheist" and am thinking of adopting it myself.

On Writing:

On Computers:

On Tea:


From the Unfinished Manuscript of The Salmon of Doubt:

Now, I'm pretty sure that I had more things from this book that I wanted to record for posterity. They are probably scrawled on a scrap of a napkin that is stuffed in the pocket of some pair of pants I haven't worn in ages, or was accidentally thrown away. If I ever do find them, I'll add them later.

*btw, Jody, if you are reading... what's VPL mean in Tranna?

Adams, Douglas. The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time. London: Macmillan, 2002.

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Thanks for taking the time to type out all your favourite bits... he is so funny and pithy.

in response to your question -

VPL is sometimes an acronym for Visible Panty Line. Other times it means Vancouver Public Library. As they say... "He was constantly reminded of how startingly different a place the world was when viewed from a point only three feet to the left." (p. 233)

I've got the the usual groaning pile on the nightstand... recently polished of the new issue of Armada, the dictionary of symbols, Seeing by Jose Saramago, a book about Oaxaca... looking forward to finding others through you!
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