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  •  I do think of Vonnegut (0+ / 0-)

    as warm and fuzzy.Few writers of his or any generation did a better job of exposing readers to the utter casual banality of evil, even in those with the best of intentions,and yet there is an undercurrent , I think, of the belief the the arc of history bends towards justice.That the simple love of a friend can cure ills.That humor can disarm and disable cruelty.I have reread all his books at least once.Hell I read Marks book.Like all great men Vonnegut was still just a man , with all the attendant flaws that implies.But his work is transcendent.It infuses my life in subtle ways.When I am in a restaurant I don't go to "take a leak" I tell folks "I'm going to steal a mirror" , I know it is silly but it is an example of how deeply ingrained his work is in me.Anyway KILGORE TROUT LIVES!"

    And so it goes

    End the tyranny of the 1%!

    by MasterfullyInept on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 12:31:05 AM PST

    •  Vonnegut spoke one time of his philosophy (0+ / 0-)

      of humanism. I was privileged to be in the audience at a lecture about 15 years ago. He said that the birth of every baby should be a celebration. He talked about good things in life. I know he had, at his core, a deep feeling that there are very good people in the world.

      At the same time, he also talked about the need of people in our society to believe in the Cinderella story where everything ends up happy. He contrasted that with Hamlet, which he said was the best writing in the English language.

      He was also deeply cynical, and that mix of his love of people and his despair at what evils we can do was what made him fascinating to me.

      ...if only animals could write...

      by Jinnia on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 04:36:44 AM PST

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