Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Be Kind

The New York Times writes today:
To Mr. [Kurt] 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,” summed up his philosophy:

“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.’ ”

Kurt Vonneguy died today. Damn. Howard read and adored everything he wrote.
So it goes.

Update: This article, written by Vonnegut in 2004, was referenced in comments, and I think it deserves a more prominent mention and link here.

3 Comments:

Blogger SueJ said...

Yea. I just did that "before you go to bed, look at the NYT." And there it was.
Also a blurb about it being better to rent than to buy...

10:34 PM, April 11, 2007  
Anonymous Nona said...

Howard...Jeff showed me this today...http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/cold_turkey/...Nona

8:26 PM, April 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

howie, this is also found verbatim in "man without a country."

11:52 PM, April 14, 2007  

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