Friday, April 13, 2007

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

The Mark Twain of our times, as he has been often described, has passed away, perhaps right through the chrono-synclastic infundibula.
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To Mr. Vonnegut, the only possible redemption for the madness and apparent
meaninglessness of existence was human kindness. The title character in his 1965
novel, “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine,” summed up his

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the
winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about
a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn
it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”

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