Posted Because Kurt Vonnegut is Awesome [BT]

If you were to bother to read my books, to behave as educated persons would, you would learn that they are not sexy, and do not argue in favor of wildness of any kind. They beg that people be kinder and more responsible than they often are. It is true that some of the characters speak coarsely. That is because people speak coarsely in real life. Especially soldiers and hardworking men speak coarsely, and even our most sheltered children know that. And we all know, too, that those words really don’t damage children much. They didn’t damage us when we were young. It was evil deeds and lying that hurt us.

After I have said all this, I am sure you are still ready to respond, in effect, “Yes, yes–but it still remains our right and our responsibility to decide what books our children are going to be made to read in our community.” This is surely so. But it is also true that if you exercise that right and fulfill that responsibility in an ignorant, harsh, un-American manner, then people are entitled to call you bad citizens and fools. Even your own children are entitled to call you that.

Excerpted from Letters of Note regarding a North Dakota school’s decision to burn all 35 copies of Slaughterhouse Five they had.

Let’s all try and remember this the next time we think something is pure vulgarity and has no worth.





2 responses to “Posted Because Kurt Vonnegut is Awesome [BT]”

  1. Eric Mesa Avatar

    That is awesome and it’s how I feel when I hear about these things.

    1. Dan Avatar

      Vonnegut’s the man.

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