True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
now dead,
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter Island.

I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22’
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!

– Kurt Vonnegut [via]

A strikingly indecent society

What made being alive almost worthwhile to me, besides music, was all the saints I met, who could be anywhere. By saints I mean people who behaved decently in a strikingly indecent society.


It is daylight in Afghanistan. There are many unwelcome fires there, and, many, many human beings are trying to put them out.

– Kurt Vonnegut / photo credit