The Foster Portfolio (Sep, 1951)
In the early 90′s Showtime had a short-lived show called Kurt Vonnegut’s Monkey House, actually hosted by Vonnegut that showed productions of his short stories.
The Foster Portfolio
My business is handling other people’s money, and I have a great respect for money.
But how could I help a man like Herbert Foster, who had such an odd feeling about it?
By KURT VONNEGUT, Jr.
I’M a salesman of good advice for rich people. I’m a contact man for an investment counseling firm. It’s a living, but not a whale of a one —or at least not now, when I’m just starting out. To qualify for the job, I hud to buy a Homburg, a navy-blue overcoat, a double-breasted banker’s-gray suit, black shoes, a regimental-stripe tie, half a dozen white shirts, half a dozen pairs of black socks and gray gloves.
The Powder Blue Dragon -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr (Nov, 1954)
This is one of Vonnegut’s earlier published stories. Interestingly a few years after the story was published he opened a short-lived Saab dealership in a town that sounds a lot like this one.
The Powder Blue Dragon
She was romance, beauty, a dream for a lifetime. He had to have her, no matter what the cost.
BY KURT VONNEGUT, JR.
A thin young man, with big, grimy hands, crossed the sun-softened asphalt of the village street, from the automobile showroom to the drugstore, his self-consciousness thinly disguised by his pretense of being on important business.
Carter of The Red Planet – Part 1 (May, 1929)
In it’s first year of publication Modern Mechanix, called Modern Mechanics at the time, published a number of serialized works of fiction by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I’ve been waiting to post these until I had a complete set of each serial, the case of Carter of Mars I am missing part 2 which was printed in the June, 1929 issue.
The early issues of Modern Mechanics are very hard to find. They come up for auction rarely, and tend to be rather expensive. There is a copy of it currently for sale on eBay, but because of the recently released movie, it’s currently priced at $160. A bit more than I’m willing to pay for a single issue of a magazine. If anyone reading this owns a copy and wants to send me scans of the story, I’d love to post it.
If you are interested in reading this version of the story, but don’t care if it is a scan of the magazine, someone collected all of the Burroughs stories from MM into a book and you can buy it on Amazon: A Trilogy Of Stories: Conquest Of The Moon/Lost Inside The Earth/Carter Of The Red Planet
Carter of Mars Series:
Carter of The Red Planet
A Novel of Extraordinary Adventure on the Red Planet Mars
by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
From the distant planet Earth, John Carter, the Virginian, came to Mars to battle with Green Warriors in his peril-fraught effort to breathe new life into a dying world. Begin this great serial now; a summary of previous chapters is printed as part of the story.
OF THE incredible manifestation of nature which took me, John Carter of Virginia, and wafted me across countless miles of space to the planet Mars, I think I need say little. In the first place, I cannot myself explain how my soul was drawn irresistibly toward the red planet on that night, years ago, when I stood mysteriously alone on an Arizona hill; nor does it really matter how the miracle of my transmigration was accomplished.