Thursday, April 12, 2007
R.I.P. KURT VONNEGUT
The first story I ever remember penetrating my small mind and making me think -- really think -- was Harrison Bergeron, which for some reason we read at the totally mediocre elementary school I attended. I still think about those buzzers going off; it reminds me of some men I've dated. You know - the minute you start to form a thought it's interrupted by them opening their big yap, and then you lose the thought and go back to being a moron again. I suppose children and stepmothers serve a similar purpose (I actually used to get in trouble for reading: Get your nose out of that book and join the real world).
Vonnegut attended to the University of Chicago and honed his chops at the City News Bureau. He called Midwesterners "fresh water" people, and East and West Coasters "salt water" people. Fresh water people tend not to think or care so much about other countries. Read more in this recent interview.
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.