Kurt Vonnegut: A Man without a Country

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Vonnegut, Kurt. A Man without a Country (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005)

After quoting from one of these essays in my obituary of Vonnegut a few months ago, it's past time for me to finish reading this collection. I've read several of them already, mostly from In These Times, but I looked forward to this volume anyway; Vonnegut's words deserve the permanence that a book provides. As this passage indicates, Vonnegut's observations are as keen as his wit is sharp:

For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

"Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break! (p. 98)

I find it interesting that such a well-known atheist would pen this sentiment:

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

(p. 66)

I'd love to see an omnibus collection of Vonnegut's essays, as this one goes by too quickly. (At the very least, I hope for another volume of his ITT essays.)

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