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April 14, 2007

One thing about getting away from it all...

Is that you miss everything. That's the allure of a road trip, and the downside.  You can miss something important, for like days. Like death for example.  Like important people dying.  Like fucking people who, if anyone has a right to live forever, have a right to live forever

They gain that right by speaking truth with all the clarity of a brick to the face.

They gain that right by saying the things everyone knows, but no one is either brave or heroic enough to say.

They gain that right by being unique, in a world that treats one-offs like novelties.

They gain that right by sharing their insights, their wisdom, their warmth, their love.

They gain that right by being Kurt Vonnegut.

Or rather, they should have gained that right, that right to live forever.  Kurt died Wednesday.

And, do we really have to pound this point home for you?  He should have fucking lived forever.



"By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East?" he wrote. "Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas."

So it goes...


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