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The word “Karass” comes from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Cat’s Cradle and is loosely defined as “a group of people linked in a  significant manner, even when superficial links are not evident.”.
Cat’s Cradle was first published in 1963.

From Cat’s Cradle:-

“If you find your life tangled up with somebody else’s life for no very logical reasons… that person may be a member of your karass”  and  “…a karass ignores national, institutional, occupational, familial, and class boundaries.  It is as free-form as an amoeba.”

Below is Chapter 11 from Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut, published 1997.

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Sometime during the last year I noticed there’s a few people I’m connected to in a way I can’t articulate.  While reading a facebook update from one of those people  the word “karass” came to mind.  I haven’t read Cat’s Cradle since my teens, so when “karass” popped up at that moment… well, that’s the right word . Karass is a kitschy word, but I don’t care.

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The suggested readings below are related to two people in my karass crew, April and Anthony.  They are both very important to me.  They don’t know each other, but they have impacted my life and my work.

1. Readings suggested by April “April d’Afrofuturist” Dobbins for “Real and Imagined” participants. Thank you, April.

“St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”  by Karen Russell

and

When I Look at a Strawberry, I Think of a Tongue by Édouard Levé

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2. Anthony McDonnell posts 99.9% of the content on a tumblr page he and I share, Acme Parking Lot.  You will be doing a great disservice to yourself by not browsing through many of the posts.  Thank you for your posts, Anthony.

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2A. I suggest you read this-

Notes on Camp by Susan Sontag

2B. And I suggest you read Anthony’s response to Notes on Camp by Susan Sontag

“This List is Dedicated to Susan Sontag” by Anthony McDonnell

2C.  As an aside, Anthony is 13 years old and is in 8th grade.  We became friends after I gave a talk to his 7th grade class.  I tell you about it in class.  

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BONUS

Suggested reading based on Mickey Everett’s distant relation, Edward Everett.:

Everlasting Lincolns by Errol Morris

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