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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on the Election..

I am a big fan of Vonnegut, but often I have a problem distinguishing whther the things he writes are clever, but with a deeper meaning, or just clever for clever's sake.

For example this selection strikes me as exceedingly clever:

"TROUT: It’s about how the future has as much to do with the present as the past does. Giraffes can only have come from the future. There’s no way evolution in the past would have let something that defenseless and impractical live for 15 minutes.

KV: If you say so.

TROUT: Try this: The First World War was caused by the second one. Otherwise the first one makes no sense, wasn’t about anything. And all Picasso had to do was paint pictures that were already hanging in museums in the future."

But does it mean anything?


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