- RIBBON: What’s a book that had a strong impact on you?
Probably The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
I don’t know, it kind of just shattered all of my preconceptions of what a book is and how it’s written. I remember reading it and it just clicked with me; it was a sort of eureka moment. Like “Yup, this is it. This is new.” (even though I read it more than 30 years after it came out). Every book in the series clicked with me in the same way.
But yeah, it affected the way I perceived literature in general, it’s affected my humour, and most importantly it’s affected the way I see the world.
And that’s quite a feat considering Douglas Adams came up with the idea when he was lying in a field, pished.
"‘Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)"
GAH! I know right! It’s the worst…
My universe isn’t working, does anyone know the customer service number?
Well you can always try this…
1. Phone NASA. Their phone number is (713) 483-3111. Explain that it’s very important that you get away as soon as possible.
2. If they do not cooperate, phone any friend you may have in the White House—(202) 456-1414—to have a word on your behalf with the guys at NASA.
3. If you don’t have any friends in the White House, phone the Kremlin (ask the overseas operator for 0107-095-295-9051). They don’t have any friends there either (at least, none to speak of), but they do seem to have a little influence, so you may as well try.
4. If that also fails, phone the Pope for guidance. His telephone number is 011-39-6-6982, and I gather his switchboard is infallible.
5. If all these attempts fail, flag down a passing flying saucer and explain that it’s vitally important that you get away before your phone bill arrives.